Veolia waste incineration trial
February 2019 – incineration of waste containing PFAS
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, are synthetic chemicals that have been used in a range of industrial and consumer products since the 1950s.
Following on from the EPA’s public advertising and adjacent landholder notification process in June 2018, Veolia’s EPA licence was amended to allow new wastes to be incinerated at their Dry Creek Incinerator site under trial conditions where an approved waste incineration trial plan is in place.
These conditions cover the detail required in any plan, including the type and amount of waste to be incinerated under any trial, reporting requirements, measures to mitigate the risk of any offsite impacts and the provision of contingency plans.
Subsequent to these changes, Veolia formally submitted waste incineration trial plans for PFAS affected wastes (both solids and liquid). The EPA approved the plans and Veolia has indicated that these trials will occur in the week commencing 25 February 2019.
The EPA intends to be onsite when the trials are taking place to ensure Veolia’s compliance with the approval requirements and licence conditions. For further information, please see the ‘Fact Sheets’ section below.