About the report
The Department previously commissioned a study into whether it is feasible or not to use an agreement-based approach to achieve clearance of Australia’s 700,000 tonne stockpile of spent pot lining wastes. These hazardous wastes are produced by the processes of aluminium manufacturing and are stockpiled in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. They are hazardous because they are toxic, corrosive and reactive. If exposed to water, they can produce gases that are flammable and explosive.
The Department has now commissioned an independent peer review of the study into the feasibility of taking an agreement-based approach to clearing the stockpiled spent pot lining. This was conducted by Mr Phil Black, an aluminium industry expert. The peer review supports the findings of the feasibility study.