No Plastics to Fuel (keep plastics in the loop, don't destroy plastics and the planet) by CPR Inc

The ACT Government has formed an Inquiry to look at the health and environmental impacts of a proposed oil refinery at Hume, ACT (Australian Capital Territory).

The oil refinery is proposed by a mining company, FOY Group, to raise funds due to their cashflow problems and suspension of trading on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange). They want to truck in 200 tonnes per day of plastics from interstate and use a catalytic cracking process in 4 giant kilns (each processing 50 tonnes per day) to liquefy plastics to a sludge and then vaporise them in to diesel, petrol and liquid petroleum gas and store almost 2 million litres on the site, within 1.3km from homes.

This will destroy the plastics forever (the resulting gas is burnt to heat the kilns and the diesel and petrol is burnt in combustion engines, all directly polluting the planet). They are destroyed and undermine recycling, which uses less energy and doesn't result in massive carbon emissions that will undo all the renewable energy targets in the ACT, including roof-top solar installations.

If this sounds like it doesn't make sense to you, you're not alone. The Conservation Council has published this article with commentary on the Inquiry panel and another article in their newsletter regarding the draft terms of reference not considering the huge environmental impact and undoing of the ACT's renewable targets.

The refinery is proposed at this new location, after failing to get approval in Berkeley Vale, NSW (New South Wales, Australia) - its approvals were withdrawn, as there was a lack of empirical data for its safety and it doesn't meet the stringent targets for materials recovery.

Our submission to the ACT Government's Environment and Planning Directorate (ACT EPD) is posted here for you to view, along with others. These cover the many faults in the EIS and raises serious questions to be answered. We've also put together a fact sheet (178Kb).

What to do now:

Sign the petition and share it - now.

Update: Public submissions are now closed against the draft EIS at the ACT Environment & Planning Directorate website.

Write to your representative in the Legislative Assembly, list of members here.

We have written to the Ministers for Planning and Land Management, Health and Climate Change and Sustainability (Mick Gentleman, ACT Labor, Meegan Fitzharris, ACT Labor and Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens. You can view our letter here (290.1Kb)


The following submissions are made public to allow you to view the range of issues including lack of consultation, governance, environmental and health shortcomings, safety and security risks. Files marked NEW were added during the submission extension period.

CPR Response to the Draft EIS - Landfill Diversion Facility (2.9Mb)

• Resident A - Submission_FOY_Group (287Kb)

• Resident B - Submission_DraftEIS (222.1Kb)

• Resident C - EIS_submission-22Sep2016 (85.2Kb)

• Resident D, 1 - Submission_Draft_EIS_Proposal_201600038_v15 (11.3Mb)

NEW • Resident D, 2 - Follow_Up_Submission_Draft_EIS_Proposal_201600038_v14.pdf (797Kb)

• Government Paddock User Group - GPUG sub on plastics to fuel facility (288.2Kb)

• Resident E - ACTPLA_sub_plastics_to_fuel (73.5Kb)

• Resident F, 1 - FOY_Proposal-Submission_to_ACTPLA (97.8Kb)

NEW Resident F, 2 - Community_Submission_ICS_Issues (68Kb)

• Resident G - FOY_submission_to_DRAFT_EIS (138Kb)

• Gilmore Residents Group - EIS_FOY_Gilmore_Res_23Sep16_v3 (8.2Mb)

• ACT Equestrian Association - plastics_to_fuel_cl-bs_sub (157.2Kb)

• Jerrabomberra Residents Association - Submission-EIS-Hume-Waste-Plastic-To-Fuel-Facility_JRA_27092016 (58.6Kb)

• Resident H - 13-Hume_Waste_Plastic_to_Fuel_Facility (335.8Kb)

• Tuggeranong Community Council, 1 - 14-TCC_Plastics_Response_1.0 (572.6Kb)

NEW • Tuggeranong Community Council, 2 - Plastics_Fuel_Proposal-TCC_Response_4.0 623Kb