Current issues

Epping and Campbellfield chemical storage

Chemical drum storage investigation (update 06/02/2019)

A WorkSafe-led taskforce including Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and fire services has begun the complex task of removing chemicals stockpiled at eight sites in Epping and Campbellfield. For more information visit the WorkSafe website.

Chemical drum storage investigation: Epping and Campbellfield

Stockpiled chemical containers have been detected stored within warehouses at several sites in Epping and Campbellfield.

The waste is contained and there is no immediate risk to the community. Security staff will continue to maintain a 24-hour presence and EPA has deployed and is operating mobile air quality monitoring devices as a precautionary measure.

EPA coordinated targeted inspections of industrial sites in Epping and Campbellfield on Friday 28 December 2018 in partnership with:

The inspections were the result of EPA’s investigative work following leads in the wake of the August West Footscray warehouse fire. The addresses are currently withheld for legal and security reasons, but EPA will ensure contact is made with local stakeholders.

EPA, WorkSafe, Hume City Council and Whittlesea Council are jointly engaging with local stakeholders, service providers and industry to build local understanding of the issue.

EPA estimates it could take several weeks to identify and quantify all the chemicals given the number and size of the containers involved.

Next steps

EPA will not be commenting further on the ongoing investigation but will continue providing updates on the management of the sites, and contacting the local community, businesses and other key stakeholders close to the sites.

All of the agencies are working closely together in a whole-of-government response, placing priority on preventing harm to the community and the environment from pollution and waste.

If you have any concerns about any of the sites, please contact EPA on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

Page last updated on 4 Oct 2019