EPA is responsible for regulation of known contaminated sites in Victoria. These sites are not compatible with their current use without active management to reduce the risk to human health and the environment. EPA does this through:
- managing the audit system, including appointment of environmental auditors
- investigating contamination in all sites that come to its attention, to determine whether further action is required
- issuing cleanup notices to prevent further contamination and impact on beneficial uses
- managing the Priority Sites Register of known contaminated sites that have been issued with a cleanup notice or pollution abatement notice
- registering a list of all completed environmental audits on its website
- administering the Contaminated Sites Program – a fund to manage and clean up high-risk contaminated sites.
EPA has a key responsibility in managing contaminated sites. Contaminated sites are land or the water in aquifers beneath the site (known as groundwater) where pollution concentrations exceed those specified in regulations and policy.
Where groundwater pollution exists and the site is the source, a restriction on use of the site (or groundwater) may be applied.
Find out more about areas where groundwater quality restricted use zones (GQRUZs) are declared.