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Public interest in proposed battery recycling facility high

The Victorian EPA is holding an information session in late January regarding a works approval application for a proposed lead acid battery recycling facility in the state.

 The EPA received a development proposal from Chunxing seeking to process 50,000 tonnes per year of used lead acid batteries, to be recycled into 28,000 tonnes of refined lead per year.

The proposal estimates 98 per cent of the lead, plastic and electrolyte (sulfuric acid) in batteries will be recycled.

It would be located at Crown Allotment 2047, Fourth Road, Hazelwood North.

The company behind the facility intends to operate 24 hours, seven days per week with allowance for 30-40 days of maintenance per year.

The public information sessions form part of the consultation process and submissions can be made until January 31.

EPA Gippsland regional manager Jessica Bandiera  said that due to the holiday season and the high level of local interest, the EPA has more than doubled the consultation period days to 52 days to give people more opportunities to participate.

The information session will be held on January 21 at Hazelwood North Community Hall.

Another information session was held on January 10.