News that two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads will be sealed to reduce dust emissions is a huge win for the community, says Environment Protection Authority Victoria CEO, Nial Finegan.
The State Government this week announced a $1.85 million contribution to support the sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road near the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct.
Mr Finegan said the sealing of these two roads would remove the single greatest source of dust in a community that suffers from poor air quality.
“This funding has come about because of the work of EPA, council, VicRoads, community persistence and people working together,” he said.
“By removing these major dust sources, it will allow EPA to better target its efforts on the remaining businesses that pollute our air,” he said.
“Regulatory efforts by EPA officers have also helped to address community concerns and reduce dust impacts from businesses operating in the area.”
An EPA study in 2011 found that roads were a major source of the total PM10 emitted from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct.
Bunting Road contributed at least 23 per cent of road dust emissions and Jones Road contributed at least eight per cent of road dust emissions.
Mr Finegan said EPA officers would continue to regularly visit the precinct to inspect sites for compliance with Pollution Abatement Notices.
“EPA’s ongoing efforts to inspect sites for compliance have gone a long way in helping to reduce dust impacts by ensuring industry are complying with their environmental obligations.”
“EPA will initiate enforcement proceedings against sites that have not complied with notice requirements.”