Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has released a video showing the extent of clean-up works on the Lemon Springs illegal waste dump site in the state’s north west.The video provides aerial vision of the excavation of the site and for the first time shows the challenge EPA is facing.
Victoria Police first referred the illegal dump to the environmental watchdog, which has been working on site since July 2018.
Up to 30 sites on the rural property are being investigated.
EPA says remediation works are progressing, with a second excavation site nearing completion. More than 400 tonnes of waste has so far been removed from the site to EPA licensed facilities.
A second hardstand pad for the treatment of contaminated soil will be constructed soon, which will allow further remediation to occur.
Five additional groundwater monitoring wells have been installed in targeted locations to provide further information on groundwater conditions, according to EPA.
Julian Bull, EPA Project Manager, says groundwater testing results have been consistently clear with no signs of contamination.
“But it’s important we remain vigilant while the clean-up progresses,” Bull said.
To view the video, click here.