EPA Victoria has taken another important step in the remediation of the illegal waste dump site located 15km south of Kaniva.
The latest update has confirmed that the environmental watchdog are searching for a suitable contractor to undertake remediation works by the end of the year.
Last year, Graham Leslie White allegedly buried 50 million litres of chemical waste on property he owned near Lemon Springs, which threatened the water supply for the Wimmera district.
White was issued a clean up notice by EPA Victoria last August, and after showing no compliance, the environmental regulator exercised its powers to secure and monitor the property in December last year.
"We have advertised for a suitably qualified contractor to submit a proposal to undertake the next stage of remediation," EPA Victoria stated.
"We're managing procurement in line with government procurement practices. It is anticipated that a successful contractor will be on-site in late 2020."
Set to be a timely process, the environmental watchdog said it is a "large, complex and isolated site", with the works likely to take a while and occur in several stages.
"The first stage was conducted in late 2019. A partial excavation of the three bigger underground dump locations was completed," EPA Victoria stated.
"This helped us understand the type and volume of waste likely to have been buried at the site."
They stated the second stage of remediation will focus on cleaning up of one of the larger underground burial sites.
"All waste excavated will be sampled and taken to an appropriately licensed facility for disposal," EPA Victoria stated.
The environmental watchdog also mentioned they are continuing to pursue recovery of clean up costs.
More updates will be provided in the near future, but to stay up-to-date with all the news regarding the illegal dump site, visit: www.epa.vic.gov.au/kaniva
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