Under the VCAT orders, the site occupier and owner were required to conduct a sampling program to inform a preliminary fire management plan, rehabilitation plan and a development management plan for the site.
That sampling (airborne monitoring) did not detect airborne respirable asbestos fibres in the air at the site perimeter or within the waste stockpiles.
Asbestos detected in piles of contaminated soil at the site were below health trigger levels. Works to remove this contaminated soil are being conducted by a licensed asbestos removalist, under strict WorkSafe controls, from Tuesday 26 November 2019. These works are expected to take four weeks. Site management controls will include dust suppression activities, including on-site misting systems and wheel washdown.
The works will be supervised by an independent and accredited occupational hygienist. The hygienist will monitor asbestos fibres in the air at the site during all removal works. Removal works will stop if weather conditions are unfavourable and likely to lead to unsafe dust emissions.
The soil will be kept damp during loading to prevent dust emissions. The loads will be sealed in industrial-grade plastic on-site, in line with WorkSafe regulations, and transported in covered trucks to a licensed landfill in Melbourne, via major transport routes. The loads will be tracked to their destination by EPA’s electronic Waste Transport Certificate system.
OHS and environmental management plans will be in place during any excavation and removal works. While all work is underway, EPA will undertake precautionary sampling of air quality at the boundaries of the site.
The Asbestos in Victoria website is the collective advice from WorkSafe Victoria, EPA and the Department of Health. More information about asbestos can be found at www.asbestos.vic.gov.au/about-asbestos.
Members of the community who have any concerns or enquiries about these removal works can:
or call 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).