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Worksafe has used powers under the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 to directly oversee the removal of waste chemicals remaining at the fire site. WorkSafe has stepped in after elements of notices issued by EPA and WorkSafe were not met.
EPA and Worksafe conducted a complex sampling program between May and June 2019. The sampling was conducted to assess and confirm the presence of residual waste chemicals and the nature of contamination present at the fire site. Since then, EPA has maintained a constant presence at the fire site, making sure requirements of regulatory notices are met and that the site is contained.
EPA will join a taskforce being set up WorkSafe to oversee the cleanup of the site. It is estimated that between 7,000 and 15,000 cubic metres of debris, including 7 to 10 million litres of residual chemicals need to be removed from the site.
Contractors will be engaged to manage the operation. All waste chemical removal and demolition work will need to comply with waste, construction and asbestos regulations.
Security and air monitoring for asbestos is in place. EPA will conduct additional air monitoring on high-risk weather days. This includes high temperature and high wind days.
EPA welcomes the use of WorkSafe’s powers to directly oversee the removal of waste chemicals at the Tottenham fire site as good news for the community. We will continue to do all in our power to protect the community and hold those responsible to account.
Page last updated on 8 Nov 2019