Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is undertaking an investigation into a significant dairy effluent spill at a farm in Heyfield, Gippsland.
EPA Executive Director of Regional Services Damian Wells said EPA officers had attended the site in response to a pollution report from a member of the public to its 1300 EPA VIC pollution hotline.
“EPA officers reported from the site that there is a large spill flowing into a neighbouring creek and it is clear it has come from the farm’s effluent pond system. EPA’s investigation is yet to determine the cause of the spill or how big it is,” Mr Wells said.
“Unfortunately the effluent flowed into a small creek that heads north towards the Thompson River. EPA officers have taken water samples to determine whether any impacts on the environment have occurred.”
Mr Wells said EPA’s investigation would continue to focus on the clean-up of the effluent, and statutory notices would be issued to ensure clean up occurred in an appropriate manner.
EPA has notified local stakeholders including relevant water bodies in the area and surrounding farms of the incident.
EPA urges members of the public to continue reporting suspected pollution to the EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or at www.epa.vic.gov.au