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Excavation work at Kaniva

Excavation work at Kaniva

Preliminary excavation work on suspected illegal waste dumps to begin soon

Preliminary excavation work on suspected illegal waste dumps at a property 15 kilometres south of Kaniva will start ‘in coming weeks’.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria northwest regional manager Scott Pigdon confirmed latest developments as the authority continued a ‘highly visible’ presence in Kaniva district.

He said preliminary excavations would help identify the type and extent of waste buried at the site.

Dr Pigdon said EPA had overseen construction of new groundwater test bores on the 1400-acre property but reiterated that groundwater quality was unlikely to be affected by the presence of the dumped waste.

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“We are also undertaking further assessments to determine whether any more measures are required, beyond the steps we are already taking, to ensure the safety of the community and the environment,” he said.

“The site is both large and isolated so we will again use the EPA drone attached to ground-penetrating radar technology to conduct further search and mapping exercises.”

Dr Pigdon said EPA was also continuing to monitor compliance with a clean up notice it issued to property owner Graham White.

“We continue to liaise with all relevant authorities including GWM-
Water, West Wimmera Shire Council, AgVic and Country Fire Authority. Planning for emergency contingencies is well advanced,” Dr Pigdon said.

“In late November, EPA will arrange a second public meeting to give the community the latest on what we have found and what is being considered for future action.”

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