Work progresses on Lemon Springs illegal waste dump remediation

EPA Victoria’s remediation of an illegal waste dump 15 kilometres south of Kaniva at Lemon Springs continues, with the release of a Request for Proposal for the next stage of works.

EPA Program Manager Julian Bull said the site was large, complex and isolated, with remediation to occur in several stages.

“The first stage was conducted in late 2019 when a partial excavation of the three bigger underground dump locations was completed. This helped us understand the type and volume of waste likely to be buried at the site,” he said.

The EPA is now in the process of securing a suitably qualified contractor to undertake the next stage of remediation, which is expected be completed over two months later this year.

“All waste excavated during these works will be sampled and taken to an appropriately licensed facility for disposal,” Bull said.

Drone inspections using Ground Penetrating Radar and on ground inspections have revealed up to 30 areas of interest on the 1400 acre property.

The EPA has been investigating the site since July 2018, after it was referred to the authority by Victoria Police.

It is estimated 8000 metres cubed of solid and liquid waste has been buried on the property.

“EPA believes the polluter should pay for the cost of cleaning up and we will hold them to account,” Bull said.

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