EIS stalls amid pollution fears

LIVERPOOL Council and the No Intermodal working party have taken their fight against the proposed developments into its next stage.

The Environmental Impact Statement for the project was due to be released before this Christmas but advice is that the initial deadline will not be met. The new release date has not been set but it is expected to be within the first quarter of next year.

Although the EIS covers extensive air-quality testing — according to a spokesman for the proposed federal intermodal — residents have approached the council to commission independent air-quality tests.

Liverpool Council's general manager, Farooq Portelli, said air pollution levels in the region were already high and two large intermodal developments would exacerbate the existing air pollution levels.

"The Liverpool community has indicated strong opposition towards the two intermodal proposals. As the local government authority, the council is tasked to advocate and represent at the highest levels on behalf of our community the opposition towards these proposals," he said.

"The air quality assessment in the EIS did not include all the potential pollution sources from an intermodal facility, including emissions emanating from the handling and storage of refrigerated materials, heating of warehouses, vehicle movement beyond Moorebank Avenue and the proposed federal intermodal.

"Council has sought quotations for air quality testing, and these quotations will be presented to the party at its next meeting for consideration and review."

Mr Portelli said about $150,000 had been spent so far on the campaign.

The expenses include procuring a consultant-led submission to the state government highlighting risks and flaws of these proposals, some banners, signage, posters, a leaflet drop, advertisements, variable signage boards and a public rally event.

"Furthermore, council has resolved to make available a certain amount of money to engage specialist input in assessing the proposal," he said.

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