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Thursday 12 February 2004
8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Banksia Room, Fourth Floor, John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace, PARKES ACT 2600
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Professor Paul Greenfield
Mr John Hogan
Dr Peter Di Marco
Mr Stephen Moore
Dr Robyn Eckersley
Dr Geoff Syme
Ms Diane Kovacs
Dr Neill Stacey
Dr Jenny Stauber
Dr Peter Scaife
Dr Peter Brotherton
Ms Rebecca Zammit
Ms Panna Patel
Dr Geoff Thompson Ms Marnie Rowe
Dr Peter Nadebaum
1. The meeting amended paragraphs 6,18 and 36 of the draft Minutes of the 63rd meeting, and adopted the Minutes as amended.
2. Members noted the appointment of Dr Geoff Syme to the Technical Group and welcomed him to the meeting. Members also welcomed Ms Rebecca Zammit, who was attending the meeting as an observer for the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SAEPA).
3. The agenda was amended to include new items 4(j) and (k).
(a) Permit report for previous twelve months
4. The meeting noted the agenda paper.
(a) Possible export of photocopier hulks to Thailand
5. The Group discussed the information that had been supplied by the applicant, referencing it to Information Paper No.6, Assessment of the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste destined for recovery operations in non-OECD countries.
6. On the basis of the eight questions in Information Paper No. 6, the Group came to the following conclusions.
(b) Assessment of ESM on an application to export paragoethite for recovery operations to South Africa.
(c) Proposed export of spent potlinings: assessment of ESM
(d) Assessment of Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Waste Destined for Recovery Operations in non-OECD Countries, Information Paper No 6, 1999.
7. These papers were used as resource documents in the assessment of agenda item 4(a).
(e) Application to export lead solder dross to Belgium (oral)
(f) Application to export printed circuit boards containing lead to Singapore (oral)
(g) Concentration cut-off levels for tellurium (oral)
(h) Possible import of POPs wastes (oral)
(i) Possible export of ChemCollect wastes (oral)
8. There was no discussion of items (e) to (i)
(j) Inquiry on the hazardous waste status of demineralised used oil
9. The Group discussed the information provided and noted that the plant in question is licensed to operate a waste and recycling depot under the South Australian Environment Protection Act 1993. The SAEPA considered the processed lube base oil to be a waste because there was too little information provided to suggest that it was fit for any other purpose. The company had lodged an application with SAEPA but further information had been requested.
10. The Group noted that the company could not process the lube base oil for export until the process was approved by SAEPA, and agreed that too little information had been provided to support the argument that it was not a waste.
11. The Group concluded that the company should continue with their application for approval from the SAEPA. In the event that such an approval is granted, the company would be welcome to write to the Department again, including all of the information provided to SAEPA.
12. The Group remained of the view that the company's processed lube base oil is a waste mineral oil unfit for its originally intended use. This is defined as a hazardous waste in Annex I to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal.
(k) Draft evidentiary certificate for aluminium salt slag
13. The Group concluded that salt slag, or saltcake, is produced in the recovery of aluminium from aluminium dross. This falls within the scope of disposal operation R4, Recycling/reclamation of metals and metal compounds, in Annex IV to the Basel Convention. The Convention defines "disposal" as any operation specified in Annex IV.
14. Therefore, salt slag belongs to category Y18 in Annex I to the Convention, Residues arising from industrial waste disposal operations. It exhibits hazardous characteristic H4.3 because in contact with water it emits flammable gases such as acetylene. It also exhibits hazardous characteristic H10 because in contact with water it is liable to give off toxic gases, such as ammonia, in dangerous quantities. Export and import is controlled under the Basel Convention.
15. The Group reviewed the draft certificate and recommended a number of changes, to be considered at the next meeting.
(a) Basel Convention: Second Session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2), Geneva, 20-24 October 2003
16. There was no discussion of items 5 to 12.
17. Dates of the next meetings
(a) Friday 19 March 2004
(b) Friday 16 April 2004
(c) Friday 21 May 2004