Update – May 2020
Hazelwood Power Station’s Eight Chimneys safely demolished
HAZELWOOD AIR AND ASBESTOS MONITORING DEMONSTRATES GOOD RESULTS
Extensive monitoring for air quality and asbestos carried out in conjunction with Monday’s (25 May) controlled collapse of the eight Hazelwood chimneys has returned good results.
Environmental monitoring and analyses undertaken by independent hygienists have confirmed that no external asbestos fibre impacts arose from the demolition works. This has been confirmed via both soil samples and airborne asbestos monitors, installed at numerous locations within and around the boundary of the Hazelwood site.
From a dust perspective, with reference to the EPA Airwatch Criteria, the monitoring results have confirmed that the air quality at the site’s perimeter remained of a good standard with reference to PM2.5 and PM10 post the chimney demolition.
Reports relating to the environmental monitoring program have been made available to the public and can be viewed here.
The area where the chimneys were felled, between the power station block and the former coal slot bunker, has been designated an asbestos working area while rubble removal works continue, with appropriate safety precautions in place, and will be treated as such until a satisfactory inspection at the conclusion of removal works. All of the waste will be transported on an internal road system to the EPA-approved, on-site asbestos cell for safe disposal. Dust suppression systems will be maintained for the duration of the removal works.
These excellent results, after a period of considerable planning, should provide comfort to the local community and the Hazelwood Project contractors and workforce.
ENGIE Hazelwood management congratulated the entire team, including the numerous local emergency services support agencies, who successfully achieved one of the major milestone activities of the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project demolition program.
“In particular, we extend our congratulations to the demolition contractor, Delta Group,” ENGIE Hazelwood Project Director Tony Innocenzi said. “This was a sizeable and very public demolition project, and to have it carried out so professionally and successfully is a credit to Delta and its entire team.”
Mr Innocenzi said public interest in the demolition was reflected in the number of livestream views of the demolition across numerous websites.
“We nonetheless acknowledge that this was a sad day for many people, including those who are currently working on the project. The Hazelwood Power Station has played a big part in the Latrobe Valley landscape and community since the 1960s and the contribution of employees, sub-contractors and other support agencies to electricity production for the whole of Victoria is acknowledged.”
Mr Innocenzi added that as the demolition program and rehabilitation works continue, with consideration being given to an appropriate method of recognising the Hazelwood legacy as part of the return of the site to a safe, stable and sustainable state.
Chimney demolition, one of the major milestones in the rehabilitation and remediation of the former Hazelwood Power Station and Mine, is approaching.
As part of the works at the former Power Station, demolition of the eight Hazelwood chimneys is expected to take place between late May and July 2020, and will be carried out by Australian company Delta Group.
Demolition of the Power Station chimneys, along with the extensive rehabilitation and demolition works across the Mine and broader 4,000 hectare site, represents significant progress towards a safe, stable and sustainable end state.
ENGIE Hazelwood had been planning to deliver a series of public information sessions across the Latrobe Valley about the upcoming chimney demolition works, however the rapid escalation of COVID-19 public health issues has necessitated a change in approach. Updates will now be conveyed through media advertising, this new website and direct communications with key stakeholders as appropriate.
In this community update, information is provided on a range of topics relating to the demolition program.
Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available, but if you have any specific questions relating to the demolition activities, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should any circumstances change due to COVID-19 or for any other reason, the community will be informed via the above-mentioned means as soon as possible.