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EPA gives green light to Bacchus Marsh dumping


The Environmental Protection Authority has accepted a modified plan to dump toxic soil from the Westgate Tunnel project in Bacchus Marsh.

 It says it has considered environmental impacts such as run-off, odor and water risks at the Maddingley Brown Coal site.
In a statement the EPA says the amendment to the Environmental Management Plan upgrades the proposed design of the containment facility to match the acceptance criteria consistent with the other approved EMPs.  It does not change the nature of the material to be contained but adds additional controls.
“The health of the local community and the environment is our first priority and these Environment Management Plans will ensure they are protected,” said EPA Executive Director of Regulatory Standards, Assessments and Permissioning Tim Eaton. 

“Each of the EMPs has been rigorously reviewed and approved on the basis they meet strict conditions designed to protect human health and the environment.  The EPA will monitor any selected site closely to ensure it operates in accordance with its EMP.’’
The Moorabool Shire has been a vocal opponent of the plan, although the EPA says the approval does not mark the final decision on where the soil will be sent with another option being the Cleanaway Ravenhall Landfill.
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