A former Moorabool detective-turned-MP is hopeful that he can publicly share information conveyed to him about West Gate Tunnel spoil by the office of the Planning Minister.
Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley met with Richard Wynne’s office late last week about the proposed dumping of the PFAS-contaminated soil at a landfill on the southern outskirts of Bacchus Marsh.
Mr Grimley said all three proposed dumping sites (Bacchus Marsh, Ravenhall and Bulla) would need to be approved by the Environment Protection Authority before any dumping began – and this could take until mid-2023.
The news comes as the Bacchus Marsh Community Coalition prepares to hold an online Zoom meeting at 8pm Wednesday (December 2) to work out what happens next.
Representatives from Moorabool Council will be asked to take part.
It comes after Planning Amendment C95 was gazetted last week and tabled in Parliament – and in July, changes to EPA regulations were passed. Both are paving the way for toxic soil to be dumped on land owned by Maddingley Brown Coal/West Soil Treatment.
** PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used since the 1940s. They do not break down easily in the body or in the environment and can accumulate over time. PFAS can be found in products including fire-fighting foams.
The West Gate Tunnel will be drilled under the site of the 1991 Coode Island chemical storage facility fire.
The project is now at least a year behind schedule and the cost has blown out by $3 billion.
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