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EPA slaps Bradken with new conditions

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Embattled Bradken has been put on notice and slapped with new odour guidelines from the state’s environmental watchdog after extending the closure date of its Kilburn foundry.

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The South Australian Environment Protection Authority announced today it had made changes to the foundry’s licence after it was found to be producing unacceptable odour emissions.

The company announced in December 2014 that it would begin scaling down its operations and close its Kilburn site by the end of 2015, as a consequence of escalating operating costs and a downturn in the mining sector.

It announced last year that the closure date would be extended to June 2016.

EPA executive director operations Andrew Wood said that despite a reduction in the workforce and production levels, the foundry still did not meet emission standards required by the EPA.

“The EPA supports Bradken’s ongoing business viability at the Kilburn foundry but it must satisfy its environmental obligations,” he said.

“The EPA has a responsibility to ensure the community which is in close proximity to the foundry, is protected from environmental harm.”

Wood said the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Bradken’s operations and unacceptable odour emissions from the site led the EPA to amend the company’s licence conditions for odour emission compliance by 27 February 2017.

“The company is now on notice and must meet the EPA’s odour emission requirements for it to continue to operate at the Kilburn site,” Wood said.

“The EPA will continue to monitor the foundry on Cromwell Rd at Kilburn and take appropriate action to minimise odour impacts.”

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