Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has begun the next phase of its clean up at the Bradbury Industrial Services facility in Thornycroft St, Campbellfield, with the start of debris removal works by specialist contractors. 

Fire destroyed the premises in April 2019.  The clean up is expected to take approximately six months.

“This was a busy chemical processing facility, but it became one of the worst industrial fires the state has seen. EPA took immediate action to ensure there would be no offsite contamination impacts once the site was handed back by emergency services to the owners. However, when the owners were unable to comply with EPA notices, we used our powers to intervene to cause a clean-up of the site,” said EPA CEO Lee Miezis. 

“Now, with our principal contractor Symal Infrastructure, we will start the lengthy and complex process of safely removing the waste, recycling what can be recycled and appropriately disposing of anything that cannot”. 

Mr Miezis said recovery of the multi-million-dollar clean-up bill was the subject of discussions with Bradbury administrators. 

He also confirmed that EPA policy now reflects a zero-tolerance approach to poor fire risk practices at recycling and treatment facilities. 

EPA laid charges against Bradbury on 16 March 2020 for various alleged breaches of the Environment Protection Act 1970. As those matters are now before the court EPA will be making no further comment.
 

Reviewed 20 April 2021