Alert removal Eumemmering Creek, Dandenong South
Following a report from the public regarding a blue/green colour in Eummerring Creek, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) officers visited the Dandenong South creek yesterday.
The colouring had largely dissipated upon arrival and water was flowing clear, however some colour remained on sediment on the bed of the creek. EPA officers were unable to determine the pollution source as an investigation of the drain it had come from did not lead back to a specific premises.
From EPA inspection, the pollution appeared consistent with wastewater from spray painting and had no odour, suggesting it was water-based. There was also no indication of toxicity from the pollution.
Penalties that may apply to pollution of this type are either a Penalty Infringement Notice (over $7000) or a prosecution for water pollution to a maximum fine of $240,000 depending on the circumstances of the spill, and nature of the material.
The Victorian community has a vital role in protecting the environment. EPA relies on the community to report incidents of pollution, environmental hazard or other activities potentially harmful to the environment. If you see, hear or smell pollution please report it to the EPA Pollution Hotline 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or online.
More information about reporting pollution can be found on www.epa.vic.gov.au.