Cleanaway's application to receive and dispose of PFAS-contaminated waste relates to:
- 50 milligrams per kilogram or less, or pre-treated PFAS-contaminated waste that will be tested and certified compliant with EPA standards prior to the material being received.
- Dry waste only (no liquid PFAS contaminated waste or fire-foam concentrate is permitted to go to landfill in SA).
- Disposal only to an engineered landfill that has undergone significant design and technical assessment, that has been approved by the EPA and other authorities.
- Specific landfill cell engineering with primary controls in place to prevent loss of containment.
- Established groundwater and leachate monitoring data for use as a baseline for potential existing presence of existing PFAS in groundwater common in all landfill cells, due to the historical use of PFAS in household items.
- An engineered cell that is fitted with a leachate collection system that collects leachate (if any) for ground-level containment.
For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and view our landfill animation available on this page. If you would like to speak to someone in person, please:
Ph: (08) 8124 4216
Cleanaway's application is the second the EPA has received since it released the Landfill disposal criteria for PFAS-contaminated waste in 2020. The EPA refused a previous application in 2021 due to the site's location in McLaren Vale.
The EPA has since undertaken further work regarding the broader policy and operational management of PFAS-contaminated waste in South Australia, including the development of draft site selection factors specific to South Australia to assist the EPA’s assessment of applications.
Please see the Guidance for Managing PFAS in SA consultation on this website for further information.
These draft guidelines were open for consultation in early 2023. For further information:
Ph: 8124 4216
The Environment, Resources and Development Committee of Parliament commenced an Inquiry into Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminated waste disposal in 2021. Thirty three submissions were made by members of the community and organisations, including the EPA. Submissions closed on Wednesday 6 October 2021 and further information about the Committee and the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website.
In its submission, the EPA proposed to develop siting factors to inform the assessment of future proposals for PFAS waste disposal locations. The Committee delivered an interim report before the last State election that recommended a process by which appropriate sites might be identified would be appropriate.
The preliminary recommendations of the Committee strongly recommend that the economic and environmental consequences of SA continuing its reliance upon other jurisdictions accepting South Australia’s waste be considered.
Click here to view the EPA submission.
The Inkerman site contains dedicated disposal cells for low level contaminated waste (LLCW). The current cell is single composite lined and separated by constructed bunds from general waste cells. The LLCW cell is also located around the perimeter of the landfill stage as part of the site design. The LLCW cell is constructed with a 600 mm compacted clay liner overlain by a geodrain leak detection layer. A geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) layer and then a High Density Poly Ethylene layer is then overlain by a 300mm deep drainage aggregate placed on a cushion geotextile.
Community engagement on Cleanaway's application to receive PFAS contaminated waste commenced in August 2020, when Cleanaway notified the Inkerman Landfill Community Reference Group and other key stakeholders that it was planning on making this application to the EPA.
With all licence applications or significant changes the EPA must, in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1993, consult with the surrounding neighbours for a period of not less than 14 days. The EPA is undertaking a three month consultation from 30 November 2022 to 28 February 2023.
This statutory consultation involves inviting adjacent landowners to make a submission for consideration during the technical assessment period. The EPA is extending the consultation to include anyone with an interest in the project, and invites people to submit their submission via:
Environment Protection Authority
Attention: Principal Adviser Community Engagement
GPO Box 2607
Adelaide SA 5001
If you have any queries about the formal submission process, please call the Principal Adviser Community Engagement directly on
(08) 8124 4216 during business hours.
At the community information session, Thursday 9 February drop in anytime from 12-6pm at the Port Wakefield Golf Club. Please call the number above to RSVP. If this time is not suitable, please let us know and we will arrange to speak with you at a mutually convenient time during the consultation period.