Broad backs EPA move

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad has ap­plauded En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Author­ity Vic­to­ria’s ac­tion in re­mov­ing a stock­pile of waste tyres at Stawell.

Mr Broad said he had been ad­vo­cat­ing since he came into of­fice for some­thing to be done at the site, which had been an ex­treme health and en­vi­ron­men­tal hazard for many years.

“I am pleased the re­moval process has be­gun. I want Stawell to be a vi­brant com­mu­nity with em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and I want it to be safe,” he said.

“I re­cently met with Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy Josh Fry­den­berg and in­formed him of both mine and the gen­eral com­mu­nity’s con­cerns about this stock­pile and he was shocked to learn just how dan­ger­ous the sit­u­a­tion was.”

EPA used its pow­ers un­der Sec­tion 62 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1970 to clean up the site.

The process in­volves trucks loaded with tyres leav­ing the site six days a week and trav­el­ling to Mel­bourne where the tyres will be shred­ded.

Mr Broad said while the ex­act num­ber of tyres at the site was un­known, the re­moval process would be lengthy and called on the com­mu­nity to avoid the site.

“Although clean-up is un­der­way there are many safety and health haz­ards still in place at the site. I urge the com­mu­nity to stay away and let the EPA re­move the tyres safely,” he said.

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