The NSW Government owns the land at 7-11 Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill. As a result of previous private industrial activity on the land, soils along the foreshore area contain contaminated material.
Site’s Industrial Legacy
From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, a carbolic acid plant operated on land at Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill. As a result of this previous use, the soil along the foreshore of the site has elevated concentrations of coal tar waste material and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead. The soil containing these contaminants requires removal.
The site is also contaminated by low-level Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) contained within the processed ore, a by-product of a uranium refinery that operated on site from 1911. Independent experts do not consider the NORM to pose a risk to human health.
What is Proposed?
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has issued a Management Order for the remediation of soil in the foreshore area which contains the coal tar waste.
The EPA order does not extend to the remediation of soil impacted by the NORM. However, the NSW Government is committed to remediating the entire site by removing the contaminated soil down to bedrock.
Contaminated material is located primarily on government owned properties at numbers 7, 9 and 11 and the adjacent foreshore land.
The Remediation Process
In anticipation of the remediation works, the NSW Government has appointed a highly-experienced remediation contractor to manage the remediation process once it begins. A remediation process that is safe and meets all relevant regulations has been agreed.
Once the disposal location has been confirmed and the necessary planning approvals have been received, work will commence within 90 days and is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Safety and minimising disruption to the local community will be of paramount importance during remediation. Property NSW will continue to consult with the local community and stakeholders throughout the remediation process.
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