Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Contaminated Soil – Bacchus Marsh

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:12): My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Recently the Victorian Environment Protection Authority approved plans to send most of the West Gate Tunnel’s PFAS-contaminated soil to two landfills: Maddingley Brown Coal in Bacchus Marsh and Hi-Quality in Bulla. Bacchus Marsh is a lively part of my electorate which does not deserve to be punished for a project that was ill conceived. The EPA has stated that testing has shown the amount of PFAS from spoil by the tunnel-boring machines is expected to be low. Interestingly, I note that the risk-based trigger levels of PFAS during containment have been redacted in their environment management plans. My question to the minister is: why cannot the state government provide assurances that this contaminated soil will not be dumped closer than 400 metres away from 2000 schoolchildren and next to waterways that irrigate farmlands that grow produce for all over Victoria?


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