Work to clean up a dangerous stockpile of half a million tyres at Numurkah is close to complete, after the Victorian Government used its legislative powers to enter the site.
The work began in December 2018 and up to eight trucks a day have taken loads of tyres for shredding and recycling at an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licensed facility in Melbourne.
The remaining tyres at Numurkah have been removed after the EPA found the facility posed a fire risk.
Located in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley Highway, the stockpile had an estimated 500,000 tyres, with a quarter being removed in January.
The EPA used its powers under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to remove the stockpile after other legal options had been exhausted.
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Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said preventing this sort of risk is why the government gave the EPA stronger powers.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the stockpile was an unacceptable risk to the community.
The CFA deemed potential fire consequences at the premises ‘catastrophic’ given its proximity to residences and business.