The industrial precinct along Whitehall Street, Yarraville, has been impacted by significant contamination as a result of historical industrial activities and practices.
In 2006, EPA engaged environmental auditor Dr Peter Nadebaum to assess the impact of this historical contamination on the Maribyrnong River. That audit found levels of contamination for a range of metals in sediment samples, consistent with those expected in a highly urbanised catchment.
The audit found concentration of contaminants, including arsenic in the river, to be lower than the guidance levels for protection of ecosystems. They are not a concern for those using the river.
The audit had a number of key recommendations which were and continue to be addressed by EPA and the companies concerned as part of their individual notices and ongoing clean-up works.
The links below provide further information on the audit.