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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING CONTINUES AT OLD PORT SORELL LANDFILL

19 November 2018

A new phase of environmental testing is underway at the old Port Sorell landfill as part of a rehabilitation project to convert the Latrobe Council-owned site into a community recreation space.

ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING CONTINUES AT OLD PORT SORELL LANDFILL

A new phase of environmental testing is underway at the old Port Sorell landfill as part of a rehabilitation project to convert the Latrobe Council-owned site into a community recreation space.

The Council is working closely with environmental scientists, engineers and the Environment Protection Authority Tasmania to better understand the exact nature and source of contaminants previously detected on the site and to devise a plan for its long term management.

The site is currently used as the Port Sorell, Shearwater and Hawley Beach Waste Transfer Station and will remain open during this next phase of testing which is expected to be completed by mid next year.

Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney says that there is a comprehensive list of tests to be completed both on and around the Hawk Hill Road - Alexander Street site.

“People can expect to see more testing activity and equipment, particularly around the site boundary and also along Poyston Creek.”

In some cases, a small drill rig will be used to extract soil and reach the underlying water table.

“As samples are collected, the environmental scientists will be taking the opportunity to do remediation work plus whatever actions are necessary to reduce risks to the environment and public health,” Mayor Freshney said.

“Local precautions continue to apply and Council is erecting signs and contacting residents and land owners in the vicinity of the site with advice.  Details are also available from the Council’s website or by calling the Council office.”

To minimise risks during the tests, surface water will be diverted away from open waterways and monitoring of air, soil and water conditions will continue.

The Waste Transfer Station is now a no smoking venue and test sites may be restricted by fences or other temporary barriers.

Visitors are asked to only access the Station by the main entry in Hawk Hill Road during opening hours and be aware of additional equipment and vehicles.

Precautions announced by Council in August continue to apply including no drinking, swimming or water activities in the creek and site drains.  People are also asked to avoid using the creek water for irrigation of vegetables, fruit trees or residential lawns or as a source of edible shellfish or fish.

Residents with bore water sources in the vicinity of the old landfill site are asked to contact Council on 6426 4444 to arrange free testing of the water quality.

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