Andrews government taken to court over West Gate Tunnel soil


The Andrews government is being sued by a group of residents and a council in Melbourne’s west over plans to dump soil contaminated with potentially carcinogenic PFAS chemicals from the West Gate Tunnel in a landfills located metres away from homes.

The residents, from Moorabool Environment Group, had a major legal triumph in December when they forced the Environment Protection Authority to quash all of its environmental approvals for landfills accepting the project’s soil, after they pursued the regulator in court.

Documents lodged in the Supreme Court on Thursday show the Moorabool community group has requested a judicial review of Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s decision to amend the Moorabool Planning Scheme, which would allow potentially millions of tonnes of PFAS-contaminated soil to be dumped at the Maddingley Brown Coal landfill in Bacchus Marsh.

It comes as Melton Council also launched separate legal proceedings against the Andrews government on Friday, over its move to amend the Melton Planning Scheme to allow the project’s soil to be sent to Cleanaway Ravenhall.

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The Age, 5 February 2021