Chem­i­cals dumped at park

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to help to catch the per­son re­spon­si­ble for dump­ing 1000 litres of chem­i­cals in White­man Park.

The red odor­ous liq­uid was found dumped on May 12 in the ground­wa­ter pro­tec­tion area of White­man Park, near the cor­ner of Maranga­roo Drive and Hep­burn Av­enue.

WA Po­lice and the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices were called to the scene – as well as the depart­ment’s pol­lu­tion re­sponse unit – to pro­tect ground­wa­ter and col­lect ev­i­dence.

Pol­lu­tion re­sponse unit se­nior man­ager Ken Raine said the dump­ing was a se­ri­ous of­fence with the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect ground­wa­ter and the en­vi­ron­ment.

He urged any­one in the area at the time who saw the of­fence or had any dash­cam footage to con­tact the depart­ment.

“We are hop­ing that some­one may have seen a ve­hi­cle in the area at the time or heard some­one talk­ing about this,” he said

“The ground­wa­ter in the area where the dump­ing oc­curred was less than five me­tres be­low the soil sur­face, so pro­tect­ing drinking wa­ter from con­tam­i­na­tion was a ma­jor pri­or­ity.

“Sam­ples of the dumped liq­uid are cur­rently with ChemCen­tre for anal­y­sis and a ma­jor clean-up to dig out the con­tam­i­nated soil and pro­tect the ground­wa­ter, na­tive an­i­mals and the com­mu­nity has been com­pleted.”

Mr Raine said il­le­gal dump­ing of this na­ture had the po­ten­tial to harm the gen­eral pub­lic.

It was the sec­ond dump­ing in as many months.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the pol­lu­tion watch hot­line on 1300 784 782.

An of­fi­cer col­lects sam­ples of the dumped liq­uid.

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