Residents in the Kealba area can now see live data from Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA’s) air quality monitoring near the Kealba landfill, on the EPA AirWatch website at: www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/airwatch?siteId=8f52c4f1-1e00-4ac7-953e-735870807511
EPA has been investigating an underground hotspot at the landfill, located on Sunshine Avenue in Kealba, and brought in air quality monitoring gear after a spike in reports of odour and discussions with MFB.
A hotspot in a landfill is caused by excessive heat being generated deep within the waste mass, which can potentially lead to a fire.
EPA is requiring the owner of the site to contain and remove the underground hotspot.
The landfill in the area of the hot spot has been capped by the company with a one-metre deep layer of clay to reduce any surface smoke from the hot spot underneath and drainage systems have also been blocked to help minimise odour.
EPA air monitoring has not shown any issues with air quality, but EPA is concerned that odour may affect the local community. Especially when sections of the landfill need to be uncovered as part of the operator’s efforts to deal with the hotspot.
Members of the public are encouraged to report any odour to the EPA 24-hour hotline, 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).
EPA is also investigating whether any potential breaches of the Environment Protection Act 1970 have occurred and further regulatory action could be taken under its Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
Odour can be a nuisance issue in the local area, but in most cases landfill hotspots or emissions do not affect long-term community health.
If anyone feels unwell contact call NURSE ON CALL (1300 60 60 24) or visit a doctor.
You can contact EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC), 24 hours a day.
Reviewed 5 December 2019