By KAYMOLLY MORRELLE
More than twenty currently operating service stations in Victoria are contaminated sites with a potential risk to public and environmental health. A further 22 former service stations and 11 petroleum storages are listed by Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority as being contaminated.
The sites’ addresses are made public on a Priority Sites Register on the EPA website. Little further information is available to the public and the EPA appears reluctant to provide details of the contamination, despite a review that recommended it lift its performance with key stakeholders, including residents.
The Priority Sites Register is updated monthly and does not include all known contaminated sites, only those posing “an unacceptable risk to human health or to the environment”. The only public information comes in the form of a few words from the EPA: Current (/Former) Service Station. Requires assessment and/or clean up. Continue reading