Next phase of remediation to occur soon at illegal waste dump site

DUMP SITE: Last year, Graham Leslie White allegedly buried 50 million litres of chemical waste on property he owned near Lemon Springs, which threatened the water supply for the Wimmera district.
DUMP SITE: Last year, Graham Leslie White allegedly buried 50 million litres of chemical waste on property he owned near Lemon Springs, which threatened the water supply for the Wimmera district.

Victoria's environmental watchdog has released its latest statement about an illegal waste dump south of Kaniva.

The environmental regulator is currently continuing to prepare the site for the next phase of remediation.

Last year, Graham Leslie White allegedly buried 50 million litres of chemical waste on property he owned near Lemon Springs, which threatened the water supply for the Wimmera district.

White was issued a clean up notice by EPA Victoria last August, and after showing no compliance, the environmental regulator exercised its powers to secure and monitor the property in December last year.

"Our staff have been on-site this month to scope further site stabilisation works. This will include a prepared area to enable the safe storage and testing of any evacuated waste materials," EPA Victoria stated.

To support the efficient movement of heavy machinery around the site, there are plans to potentially create additional internal roads on the property.

Any remediation works undertaken on the property will require permits, with contractors already at the site this month as part of the process. While the environmental regulator acquires all of the relevant permits needed to complete remediation works, they are still monitoring water quality in the area.

EPA Victoria are working alongside Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater) to monitor groundwater quality.

Despite initial worries about Kaniva's water supply being affected, fortnightly testing continues to show no sign of groundwater contamination.

EPA Victoria are also still investigating how the toxic material arrived and was disposed of, with the Kaniva community to be kept informed of the findings.