Overview

Steritech operate a medical and quarantine product sterilisation facility at 160 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong VIC 3175.

The sterilisation process uses ethylene oxide gas to kill germs on the products and packaging by exposing them to the gas under a vacuum in a sealed chamber.

Steritech currently treat emissions from the site using oxidising flares, and are applying to change this process to a Catalytic Abatement Plant (CAP).

A copy of the works approval application can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

What this application proposes

Steritech propose to change their facility emission treatment method from oxidising flares to a Catalytic Abatement Plant (CAP) that will treat all air emission sources from the sterilisation facility.

CAP is presented as best practice and has a 99.9% destruction efficiency.

The proposed method is expected to produce 2 tonnes of spent catalyst every 2-5 years, and 12KL of liquid waste every 12 months.

Latest update

Works approval granted

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has issued a works approval for the proposal from Steritech Pty Ltd for the premises at 160 South Gippsland Highway Dandenong South VIC 3175 for the installation of a catalytic abatement plant for the treatment of ethylene oxide air emissions.

On 13 February 2020 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) received a works approval application from Steritech Pty Ltd for a works approval from EPA for the installation of a catalytic abatement plant to treat ethylene oxide air emissions. The ethylene oxide emissions are generated from a sterilisation process that uses ethylene oxide to sterilise and decontaminate a variety of products including quarantine goods and medical equipment.

The application was published in the Herald Sun, Dandenong Leader, on Engage Victoria website and posted on Facebook for targeted postcodes of 3175, 3976, 3803, 3177 and 3173. There were 54,997 Impressions (Facebook views) and 89 clicks on link to Engage Victoria application webpage. Community consultation was facilitated through an Engage Victoria Q and A forum opened, on 18th March 2020 and ran for 4 weeks. The public comment period closed on 15 April 2020. The application was also referred to City of Greater Dandenong Council Planning Department and CFA for comment.

EPA did not receive any submissions regarding the proposal.

All feedback from referral authorities has been incorporated into the assessment.

The works approval is available to view in the ‘Supporting document’ section of this page.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed at VCAT by applying in writing within 21 days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT.

Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal. A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit

Environment Protection Authority Victoria

GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

EPA issues works approvals under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for any industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.

Where a works approval is granted, it includes specific environmental conditions the company must meet for the project to go ahead.

Previous updates

Steritech Pty Ltd agreed to an extension of the assessment period under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act 1970. The decision date was moved to 06 October 2020. This will provide EPA with more time to assess the works approval application.

Steritech responded to the s22 Notice on 01 September 2020 and the authority determined the response to be complete on 4 September 2020. This information is now available in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

The statutory clock is currently paused from 5 p.m. on 08 June 2020. EPA is currently undertaking assessment of the response provided by Steritech Pty Ltd to the section 22 Notice to determine if the information provided is complete. The assessment decision date will be updated if and when EPA determines the information is complete. The new decision date will be dependent on the date the complete information is received and accepted by EPA.

On the 04 June 2020, Steritech Pty Ltd agreed to an extension of the assessment period under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The decision date is now 30 June 2020. This provides EPA more time to assess the works approval application. The 67A agreement can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

EPA issued Steritech Pty Ltd with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further technical and process information by 08 June 2020. The section 22 notice can be found in the ‘Supporting documents’ section on this page.

Submissions on this works approval closed 15 April 2020. EPA did not receive any submissions from members of the public.

EPA did not receive any questions to respond to during the Q&A open forum.

Steritech had planned on holding an information session on Thursday 26th March. Given the current situation, this information session has been cancelled. EPA is assessing other ways and formats in which this information can be provided to interested persons.