Forum to discuss stinky situation

THE Environmental Protection Authority will have some explaining to do when officers tackle questions about a smelly situation from fed-up residents at a community forum.

State Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan has acted on recent promises to get an outcome for frustrated residents in Erskine Park, Eastern Creek and St Clair who are sick of the fact their suburbs have smelt like rotten garbage night after night for 12 months.

He requested residents have an opportunity to meet with the EPA to discuss what's being done to resolve the problem.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker's office confirmed to the Star on Friday the minister had requested the EPA run a community forum, hosted by EPA chairman Barry Buffier, at a date to be set.

The EPA will meet with representatives of Eastern Creek landfill operator Waste Asset Management Corporation and nearby facility SITA this week to discuss specific actions required to immediately address off-site odours.

"Action required by the EPA will be reflected on the environment-protection licences for these facilities," the minister's spokesman said. "The EPA has run 31 odour audits of the area since April."

The news comes after Mr Rohan recently wrote to Ms Parker for the second time in as many months, demanding the EPA step up its investigations and stop the source of the odour.

"Unfortunately, despite the EPA's actions, the odour is still present and is still affecting residents who are becoming increasingly frustrated and upset as each day passes," he wrote on July 20.

He asked the minister to consider reviewing statutory powers given to the EPA.

Report any odours to the Environment Line, 131 555.

¦ Does the smell still linger in your suburb? Please tell us at: stmarysstar.com.au.

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