The EPA is commencing environmental assessment work in Ethelton.
This work is to determine whether chemicals used in historical industrial practices, found in groundwater and vapour in the soil, might be a risk to human health.
The EPA has been notified of site contamination from tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE) and other chemicals in groundwater and soil vapour (the air spaces between soil particles) at the former dyers and dry cleaners site.
If groundwater (bore water) contamination is discovered, the EPA is likely to recommend a groundwater prohibition area be established in future – to protect people from accessing contaminated bore water in this area. If the results from testing the vapour in the soil indicates potential to enter the indoor air of people’s homes, the EPA will seek permission from owners to test on their properties.
A report on the first stage of work is expected to be available in January 2021, and will be published to this webpage.