Chunxing Corporation Takes ULAB Decision To VCAT
Source: Waste Management Review.
Chunxing Corporation has made an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to review Latrobe City Council’s decision to deny a planning permit for its proposed used lead acid battery (ULAB) recycling facility.
The facility, proposed for Hazelwood North, seeks to recycle 50,000 tonnes of ULABs into 28,000 tonnes of refined lead each year, with Chunxing Corporation estimating 98 per cent of the lead, plastic and electrolyte in batteries will be recycled.
Latrobe City Council voted to not issue a planning permit application for the ULAB recycling facility at a Special Council Meeting on 17 September.
Council received 123 submissions to the proposal and listened to over 35 speakers who addressed the Special Council Meeting.
According to a council statement, it decided that the ULAB recycling facility did not meet the requirements of the Latrobe City Planning Scheme.
“The decision was made on planning grounds including taking into consideration amenity impacts,” the statement reads.