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Aug 10, 2022

What is a safe environment worth?


Veolia and the government acknowledge that the proposed incinerator will produce extremely hazardous by-products – persistent organic pollutants such as dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls (BCPs), along with heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead. So what happens if these byproducts leach into our environment or are accidentally dispersed? 

Jul 12, 2022

What are they hiding?


In short:

What happens when the air pollution control system malfunctions and unfiltered toxic particulates are sent spewing out over Tarago?

What happens when there is a problem with the storage or management of toxic fly ash and it leaches into the water table? Will Veolia share this information with us to help us protect our children, our families and our livelihoods? Based on their current operational record, the answer seems to be a clear and resounding “No”.

May 29, 2022

What is an OTNOC event and why you should care?


In short:

  1. OTNOC stands for “Other Than Normal Operating Conditions”.

  2. Every incinerator has a number of OTNOC events each year. They include times when the incinerator is started up and shut down, emergency events (such as those that Veolia informed the community would take 6-8 hours to shut down the incinerator), and whenever Veolia does maintenance on the filters.

  3. Why is OTNOC a concern? Because there are NO EMISSIONS STANDARDS
    for OTNOC. 

May 1, 2022

Goulburn Waste to Energy Incineration Threat

Presentation by Zero Waste's Jane Bremmer

Read about:

  1. Current waste-to-energy proposals in Australia.

  2. Waste-to-energy air emissions and nanoparticles.

  3. Childers environmental health protection - a policy driver.

  4. The health impacts of emissions - a systematic review and recommendations.


Volume 4, Dec 4, 2021

Read about:

  1. How the petition will be tabled to the Minister of Energy and Environment. 

  2. The press coverage over the past few weeks.

  3. Development application news.

  4. How you can help save our community from a toxic waste incinerator.


Volume 3, Nov 24, 2021

Read about: 

  • Everything you need to know about signing the e-petition - the single most important thing you can do to stop the incinerator from being installed in your community.


Volume 2, Nov 24, 2021

Read about: 

  • The first meeting of a community working group to grow awareness and oppose the incinerator development 

  • How a shared concern brought together representatives from community organisations, church groups, local politics and Council to raise awareness within the Goulburn-Mulwaree region and beyond.

  • The Council's update on their progress in their fight to stop Veolia's WTE


Volume 1, Nov 14, 2021

Read about:

  1. How local MP Wendy Tuckerman visited Tarago on Saturday 6th November to hear community concerns about the proposed incinerator.

  2. How representatives from Council and candidates for the upcoming Council elections were there.

  3. The Council's update on their progress in their fight to stop Veolia's WTE