Report to be sought on potential impacts of pollutants

An EPA map showing the location of local power station ash damsAn EPA map showing the location of local power station ash dams

The issue of the pollution risk posed by PFAS, ash dams and air pollution, will be discussed by Central Coast Council as a result of a notice of motion put on the August 13 meeting agenda by Mayor, Jane Smith.

Mayor Smith will move that Councillors request CEO, Gary Murphy, to provide a report and briefing to Councillors by the end of November. If Mayor Smith’s motion is adopted by Council, the report will include “current knowledge and status of existing or potential impacts of pollutants of PFAS, ash dams, and power stations on the Central Coast”. It will also include current monitoring activities (including sites) undertaken by Council and other agencies or organisations.

Mayor Smith’s motion has also called for the report to include “current responsibilities and management actions of relevant agencies, Council and other stakeholders in relation to these pollutants” and “any proposed actions from relevant agencies regarding monitoring and management of risk from these pollutants or sources.” Mr Murphy’s report back to Council would also include “recommendations regarding Council’s role, if any, in monitoring and management of risks from these pollutants, including the value of a community consultative committee and willingness of stakeholder organisations to participate in such a committee.”

Source: Agenda item 8.3, Aug 13 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

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