September 2020: Skye Victoria Contaminated Soil
Park toxic soil fear
Herald Sun Sep 29 2020
Victoria’s environmental watchdog is investigating after potentially toxic soil was moved from a former Melbourne fire station and dumped at a dog park.
Up to 20 truckloads of contaminated soil were delivered to Dogs Victoria’s property in Skye in February after being cleared as clean fill.
However, investigators fear it may potentially be contaminated with cancer-causing chemical PFAS.
They have called for more testing and launched an investigation into how it was classified as clean fill.
The area of soil at KCC Park in Skye was cordoned off in April as soon as concerns were raised, according to Dogs Victoria’s Vin McPhee. He said he was confident that no members’ health or animals had been put at risk…
It comes after concerned Dogs Victoria members who reported the case to the Herald Sun, say the soil arrived under suspicious circumstances…
The latest PFAS scare comes after the Metropolitan Fire Brigade – now rebadged as Fire Rescue Victoria – ordered testing at all current and former city fire station sites after firefighters were found to have elevated levels of the substance in their blood in 2019…
In June, it was revealed toxic soil would be removed from a Melbourne childcare centre built on an old station site as part of the PFAS probe.
A further 13 private properties were under review after testing found PFAS on site.