ENVIRONMENT Protection Authority Victoria has assured Wimmera residents that an illegal dumping site near Kaniva has not caused contamination to the region's groundwater supply.
It was revealed last week that 50 million litres of chemical waste was illegally buried on farmland on the Kaniva-Edenhope Road.
The stockpile is buried on land owned by Graham Leslie White, who is currently in prison for serious firearms offences.
Authorities say the underground stash is the biggest illicit dumping operation in Victoria's history. The EPA's inspections have so far located 20 underground dump sites.
The EPA, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and West Wimmera Shire Council will host an information open house next week to discuss the illegal waste dump site.
EPA north west regional manager Scott Pigdon said the session would help inform residents about the situation.
"We'll be able to share as much of the facts of the situation as we can," he said.
"But throughout, the EPA, the water authority and the council have ensured public safety especially to the groundwater which shows no signs of contamination."
Dr Pigdon said the EPA's investigations of the site included the first ever use by an Australian regulato of ground penetrating radar using drones.
"It has been an exhaustive investigation with more work to come. The safety of the community has been the priority. As we were confident there was no risk, EPA decided against causing needless anxiety by making public statements without all the facts," he said.
"Relevant authorities, immediate neighbours and media have been kept informed and there has been no danger to the public from the site. Now we have a more thorough picture of the situation, we can meet with the broader community and have an informed discussion."
The session will be at the Kaniva Shire Hall from 11.30am and 2.30pm on July 30. No registration is required.
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