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Notices issued for Port Melbourne diesel leak

25 Feb 2014

EPA Victoria has issued a Clean-up Notice and a Pollution Abatement Notice to a
Port Melbourne petrol station operator after confirming contamination at the
site.

Garden City Fuel Station Pty Ltd received the notices to install controls at
the premises to prevent petroleum hydrocarbons entering groundwater, surface
water, and land and to clean-up petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil,
sediment, waste, surface waters and groundwater detected at the site.

Controls must be in place by 1 May 2014 and the clean-up is due by 30 June
2015.

EPA Director Environmental Regulation Chris Webb said Melbourne Water has
continued to clean up the stormwater drains to minimise contaminants entering
the Bay. Although people that live or work in the area may notice odours during
the clean-up, this has been assessed as low risk.

“The notices follow EPA investigations into diesel-like odours and material
throughout the Rosny Street main drain, which extends from Plummer Street,
along Salmon Street, and south to an outfall near First Point,” Mr Webb said.

“We have been working closely with Port Phillip City Council and Melbourne
Water, both who have provided ongoing investigative assistance and extensive
clean-up work.

“EPA will continue to monitor this issue to ensure contamination is cleaned-up
with reporting to EPA required as part of the notices.”

Investigations are ongoing into the exact causes of contamination at the site
occupied by the petrol station.

The matter was brought to EPA’s attention by the reports of local community
members. EPA encourages Victorians to report odour and pollution via EPA’s
pollution hotline 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

ENDS.

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