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Brooklyn Industrial Precinct


EPA Victoria is actively involved in reducing pollution and environmental impacts from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct. Brooklyn contains more than 60 industries including landfill,  recycling sites, abattoirs and tallow producers. We work with residents, industry and other key groups who influence Brooklyn’s response to pollution, such as local councils.

Our work consists of regulatory and enforcement responses to pollution reports, using evidence gathered over more than 10 years and a science-based approach to solving pollution problems. We’re refining our approach and using new technology such as low-cost sensors and drones to monitor and gather pollution evidence.

Odour and dust

We’ve been conducting detailed odour surveillance since 2008 and collecting data on small airborne particulate matter (which includes dust) since 2009.

Many industries in the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct generate various odours which result in numerous complaints to EPA. Animal pens, rendering and landfill form the majority of odour sources.

EPA works hard to address the fact that air quality in Brooklyn does not meet Australia’s national air quality standards. The emission of PM10 (particulate matter under 10 micrometres in size) in Brooklyn exceeds standards set by the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM).

EPA’s air monitoring data is available via EPA AirWatch.

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Page last updated on 18 Jul 2019