Victoria’s environmental watchdog reverses approval for West Gate Tunnel toxic soil dumps

2020-12-09

Victoria’s environmental regulator has rescinded approvals for another two toxic waste dumps connected to the West Gate tunnel project.

Earlier this week, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) admitted it had not met state regulations when it approved a proposal to dump contaminated soil from the project at a site in Bacchus Marsh.

The soil had been contaminated with per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS — dangerous chemicals that have been widely used in firefighting foam.

The authority reversed the approval for the Bacchus Marsh dump on Tuesday, and today the two remaining landfill sites connected to the project at Ravenhall and Bulla also had their approvals revoked.

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ABC News, 9 December 2020
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