Incitec Pivot Prepares for Heavy Opposition to Planned Ammonium Nitrate Plant in Kooragang Island
Incitec Pivot is preparing for tough opposition from the community and environmental regulators against the expansion of its ammonium nitrate plant in Kooragang Island.
In anticipation of the opposition, Incitec is holding a feasibility study for its plan to produce explosives. It will hold an information session on Wednesday night at Mayfield to keep with its promise to resident to update them on the firm's expansion plans.
Incitec also plans to put up a community consultative committee by the start of 2012 to include a wide range of residents as committee members. Company spokesman Graham Woods said the role of the members would be to share information with the group and listen to their issues and concerns.
The company would also put up a letter-box drop for Stockton and Fern Bay residents.
"We just need to make sure that our environmental studies, risk studies and looking at cumulative impacts will need to be very well done and address all the issues of the local residents and the regulators," Mr Woods said in a statement.
Incitec's Orica plant recently suffered four chemical leaks from hexavalent chromium. Mr Woods pointed out that the proposed plant expansion would not use that chemical.