The likelihood of an effluent spill at Pretty Beach is considered low, however there are circumstances or events that would increase the likelihood of a spill occurring. These include a blockage in the system, a power supply failure during peak visitation, the failure of containment tanks or inadequate management of treated effluent disposal options during peak visitation periods.
Given the size of the sewerage treatment plant and management operations at Pretty Beach, other potential hazards are limited, as no chemicals or waste materials (apart from effluent) are stored at the site.
There are no sensitive environments near the site such as a densely populated area, school, hospital or water body that would increase the risk of environmental or health impacts of a pollution incident. Additionally, there are no facilities near the site which handle dangerous or explosive materials which could be impacted by a pollution event.
The objective of this plan is to:
- ensure comprehensive and timely communication about a pollution incident to staff at the premises, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, other relevant authorities specified in the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (such as local councils, NSW Ministry of Health, WorkCover NSW, and Fire and Rescue NSW) and people outside the facility who may be affected by the impacts of the pollution incident
- minimise and control the risk of a pollution incident at the facility by requiring identification of risks and the development of planned actions to minimise and manage those risks
- ensure that the plan is properly implemented by trained staff, identifying persons responsible for implementing it, and ensuring that the plan is regularly tested for accuracy, currency and suitability.
More information is available about the sewerage treatment plants we monitor.