Residents meet over proposed ammonium nitrate facility

At the meeting on Saturday morning residents spoke of their anger that Cessnock Council had not implemented the promised heavy vehicle bypass of the village of Pelaw Main.

Placing the village at risk of a catastrophic explosion of ammonium nitrate is not acceptable.

The meeting resolved to request Pelaw Main Public School allow a larger public meeting be held in a months time.

Clr James Ryan 2.2.14

Residents meet over proposed ammonium nitrate facility

Courtesy ABC Newcastle Radio

Cessnock Greens Councillor James Ryan says a public meeting is being held in Pelaw Main this morning to discuss concerns about a proposed ammonium nitrate storage facility.

The proponent is seeking to build a 50,000 square metre facility in the Hunter Economic Zone that would store up to 40,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.

The proposal is currently before the State Government.

Councillor Ryan says main concerns of residents are the bushfire risk and the number of trucks that would have to travel through the village.

“In Denman, Muswellbrook Council rejected a proposal to store 2000 tonnes because it was hazardous to the environment,” he said.

“At Kurri we’ve got 40,000 tonnes.

“There’s a real concern here that we are storing a potentially explosive material in the midst of a bushfire prone area but the even bigger risk is the amount of trucks that it will take to pass through the village of Pelaw Main.”

Councillor Ryan says the bushfire threat is a real concern.

“The actual facility is proposed for the Hunter economic zone,” he said.

“It will have to clear about 30 hectares of bushland but the only way to get there is through the village of Pelaw Main.

“You have to go over an old dog leg railway bridge.

“It’s a terrible route to have a large number of heavy vehicles carrying potentially explosive material.”

 

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