EPA looks at alleged drum waste site



THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said yesterday it executed orders last week to gain access to a Builyan property as part of an investigation into the alleged illegal burial of waste at the site.

EPA central regional director of Environment Jon Womersley said the agency was investigating the alleged burial of drums of waste at the site.

'A rigorous investigation is under way, however the agency is unable to reveal details that may prejudice or otherwise jeopardise the outcome of that investigation.

'The agency will be pleased to provide more information once the investigation is complete.'

Mr Womersley emphasised that testing conducted by the Gladstone Area Water Board had shown water quality in the Awoonga Dam catchment was within Australia and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) guidelines.

Any decision on court action will be based on the evidence and the EPA's published performance guidelines available on the agency's website.

'Anyone who has information about the alleged illegal dumping is asked to immediately contact the agency to provide additional evidence to assist its investigations,' he said.



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