Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has laid 12 charges against a male in his late 50s under the Environment Protection Act 1970 following a comprehensive investigation into the illegal storage of dangerous chemicals at three warehouses in Epping.
A filing hearing will be held at Melbourne Magistrates Court on 6 April, 2020. The charges, relate to activity that occurred between May and December 2018, which the prosecution will allege created a serious threat to public health and substantial risk of damage to the environment.
Aggravated pollution is a criminal offence under section 59E of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and causing environmental hazard and dumping industrial waste are criminal offences under section 27A of that Act.
EPA guidelines regarding the storage and transport of industrial chemical waste are available at www.epa.vic.gov.au