Chemicals dumped at park
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.