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Land and groundwater contamination can impact people’s health and the environment. Often, it’s discovered when there’s a change of land use. For example, from industrial to residential.

Common contaminants include:

  • lead and other heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • solvents
  • arsenic.

EPA works to prevent contamination of the environment. We do this to make sure that we can continue to use land in different ways.

We provide information about known contaminated sites, including:

  • test results
  • investigation results
  • warning and safety information
  • any action EPA has taken.

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PFAS in the Maribyrnong River catchment

Lead in Victorian wetlands study

Methane at the South Geelong industrial estate

Whitehall Street industrial sites

Reviewed 12 December 2019