The investigation notice requires Atlas Brick to act on groundwater contamination in parts of Dianella and Mirrabooka.
“It is good news for locals that Atlas will be compelled to monitor the leachate in the groundwater. Labor’s strong action in Government introduced Contaminated Sites Legislation to give DEC the capacity to issue these notices.”
“It’s important that we ensure the health and safety of locals and we can only do that if we know what we are dealing with, we need to ensure that DEC drives this matter to a resolution” said Ms Freeman.
“According to DEC, past investigations at the site have shown groundwater has been impacted by the landfill which, until 1997, accepted mixed household and industrial waste. That waste has since decomposed to create a liquid (leachate) which has entered groundwater.”
“It’s my understanding that Atlas Brick had resisted further investigation unless DEC issued this investigation notice and I congratulate DEC on taking this important step for the local community” said Ms Freeman.
The notice sets out a number of stringent requirements to investigate, monitor and assess the landfill site, including:
· Atlas Brick will be required to door-knock residents immediately down gradient of the landfill in Dianella and Mirrabooka to advise them of investigation works and any likely disturbances.
· Atlas will be required to install eight groundwater monitoring wells on land outside the Atlas landfill site to determine the range and extent of groundwater contamination.
The penalty for failure to comply with the notice under the Contaminated Sites Act is up to $500,000, plus a daily maximum penalty of $100,000.
Pictured right is local campaigner John Barnett (photo courtesy Sunday Times).