With ‘emergency pod village’ excavation works underway on flood-prone land at Prince Street, Mullumbimby, the NSW EPA, Resilience NSW and Council are yet to supply documents that guarantee the safety of residents.
Residents are still waiting for a flood report on the land, as promised by Council and Resilience NSW last week.
As previously reported, a heavily redacted freedom of information document was provided to a Mullumbimby resident who was affected by floods, and now the NSW government’s rollout of pod homes.
Within it, an EPA staff member warned of potential lead exposure if the soil was disturbed at Prince Street, which it has been.
When asked why the NSW EPA won’t intervene and halt the works, given the known risks of lead contamination in the soil, a spokesperson instead provided The Echo with a conflicting and vague response, claiming a soil investigation is still ongoing.
Risks known since June
There is no indication when the EPA assessment will be completed, despite the potential issue being flagged back on June 9.
The EPA did say there was an Environmental Management Plan in place ‘to manage any potential exposure to any contamination’.
Requests for that document were not replied to by Resilience NSW or the NSW EPA as of Tuesday noon.