Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has now conducted more than 40 inspections in the Bayswater, Ferntree Gully and surrounding areas looking for the sources of pollution that affected both the Dandenong and Ferny Creeks recently.
EPA believes it has traced the likely source of a Ferny Creek pollution event and is in the process of determining the appropriate action. As this investigation is ongoing EPA cannot name the parties involved. There are a range of options available under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and EPA will determine which is the most appropriate in accordance with EPA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
EPA Authorised Officers have released dye tracers in drains in the area as part of the inspection process and have identified a number of sites of interest in relation to the Dandenong Creek events.
Since 19 May 2018, EPA has conducted extensive drain searches and inspected local businesses. During these targeted inspections, EPA has identified several sites that require improvements to their current practices. While unlikely to be linked with the cause of the current pollution, notices are being issued to these premises as they have the potential to discharge contaminants to stormwater.
As always, EPA needs the help of the public with any information they have and urges them to call 1300 EPA VIC.
EPA is also continuing its campaign to raise awareness of the issue with notifications being delivered to approximately 2,000 businesses in the Bayswater industrial estate and localised advertising appearing in this week’s Leader newspapers