The Hazelwood mine fire was officially declared safe on 25 March 2014 by the Fire Services Commissioner.
In accordance with the Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) responsibilities as the State of Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA monitored and analysed the air, soil and water in order to detect any potential environmental issues related to the fire. The results from the air monitoring were provided to the Department of Health and Human Services to assess potential impacts on human health and inform the community.
The results of this air monitoring are in these reports:
In the 14 months after the fire was declared safe, EPA continued to monitor and report on air, water and soil quality in the Latrobe Valley. The results are in these reports:
The environmental monitoring conducted by EPA as part of the Hazelwood Recovery Program showed that there were no ongoing changes to air, water and soil quality in the Latrobe Valley due to the Hazelwood mine fire. As a result, EPA stopped the soil and water sampling parts of the monitoring program in June 2015. EPA continues to sample water and soil in response to suspected and confirmed cases of pollution events.
EPA remains committed to maintaining our air quality monitoring stations in the Latrobe Valley.
For more information about air quality in the Latrobe Valley, see Frequently asked questions about air quality in the Latrobe Valley (publication 1623).