Former Jennings Arsenic Processing Plant Remediation Project

Jennings is a town in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located in the Tenterfield Shire local government area, approximately 720km from Sydney and 250km from Brisbane. It is separated by the state border from its neighbouring town of Wallangarra, Queensland.

The site was historically used for the production of Prickly Pear poison, developing arsenic trioxide powder from 1923 to 1931.

The site had rehabilitation works in the 1950s and 2000s. Work in the 1950s involved the burial of arsenic impacted soil and drums used in the packaging process. Work in 2009 involved rehabilitation to the surface of the site (importation of topsoil) and the creation of surface water control structures (sediment basins and rock drains).

The Environment Protection Authority has notified the site and as a result further remediation is planned to be undertaken this year by the department.

More information

For more information on the project, you can read or download the supporting documents.