Victorian EPA to be audited following failure to move on chemical waste

An external auditor is to be appointed to investigate the Victorian EPA's regulation and oversight of the chemical waste sector, following a report in The Age that the authority had failed to follow up information provided by police in 2016 that warehouses in Epping were used to illegally store chemical waste.

It was not until a major fire occurred at a factory in West Footscray in December 2018 that the EPA inspected eight rented properties in Epping and Campbellfield where up to 19 million litres of chemical waste were discovered. A further four illegal storage sites have since been found.

Announcing the audit, which was ordered by the EPA board, EPA chief executive Dr Cathy Wilkinson said the authority was determined to make any necessary improvements to its processes.

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