Authority moves in
Environment Protection Authority Victoria was yesterday poised to ‘take charge of and clean up’ a controversial car-tyre stockpile in Stawell.
The authority gave notice last week to owners of the Saleyards Road stockpile that it was considering taking charge of the site under Section 62 of the Environment Protection Act 1970.
It was ‘working through a process’ and had equipment on site when The Weekly Advertiser went to press last night. The EPA announced it had taken the action after ‘repeated failure’ by stockpile owners to comply with Environment Protection Authority Victoria notices and with a Country Fire Authority fire-prevention notice.
Under the EPA directive, the new owner of the site had until today to respond before the EPA took on-site steps to ‘reduce risks the stockpile presented to the Stawell community’.
A CFA assessment of the stockpile was that it presented a ‘very high’ fire risk that presented social, environmental and economic implications for the people of Stawell.
Failure to comply
The EPA said in a prepared statement the stockpile owner had failed to comply with the CFA’S fire-prevention notice and three statutory notices issued by the EPA requiring a reduction in the tyre stockpile, separation of the stockpile and measures to reduce the risk of fire.
In the statement, EPA and CFA declared their disappointment in that ‘the owners have taken no real steps to manage the site’ and were working with Northern Grampians Shire Council and other agencies to ensure the site was managed appropriately to ensure community safety.
Several media outlets reported last week the property changed hands from Used Tyre Recycling Corporation to Panama-based Internet Marketing Solutions Corp on June 8. SCHUBERTS PEST SERVICES