The EPA has extended approval for TRUEnergy to pump floodwater from the Yallourn coal mine into the Latrobe River for a further four months.
TRUenergy’s Yallourn Mine was flooded on June 6 this year after the collapse of an artificial river bank constructed to carry the Morwell River across the middle of the mine. The flooding limited the operation of Yallourn power station that generates 22 per cent of Victoria’s electricity. TRUenergy applied to EPA for emergency approval to pump flood water from the mine.
In an emergency, a company can apply to EPA for approval to discharge waste to the environment. EPA may grant its approval if the company can demonstrate that the discharge will not cause any long-term negative impacts on the environment. An emergency discharge approval can only be issued for 120 days, after this time, the company must reapply for approval to discharge.