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Treasurer Tim Pallas says the government’s patience is “wearing thin” with toll road giant Transurban over delays in finding a site to dump tonnes of contaminated soil from the troubled West Gate Tunnel project.
The Treasurer’s comments came after protesters rallied in the streets of nearby Bacchus Marsh, vowing to boot Labor from the previously safe Melton electorate over a plan to dispose of contaminated soil near the town.
The Bacchus Marsh community rallied against plans to dump contaminated soil nearby on Tuesday night. CREDIT:JASON SOUTH
Community anger is rising across the western suburbs, including in Mr Pallas’ own Werribee electorate, over plans to dump soil contaminated with PFAS from the tunnel.
PFAS is a group of potentially carcinogenic chemicals now considered so hazardous that its prolonged use ultimately shut down the CFA training college in Fiskville.
Digging on the West Gate Tunnel project has come to a halt after contaminated soil was discovered containing PFAS and other harmful materials.
The Maddingley Brown Coal landfill site, which lies less than 2 kilometres from the centre of Bacchus Marsh and a few hundred metres from Bacchus Marsh Grammar school is one proposed dump site, with a Wyndham Vale rail yard selected as a possible “backup”.
Last month Mr Pallas was jeered at a community meeting in his electorate about the Wyndham Vale proposal.
On Wednesday Mr Pallas said the government was waiting for Transurban and its joint venture partner to decide how they would manage the waste.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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