EPA lays charges over Torquay chemical incident

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has laid a total of three charges against Torquay company I, C & J Santospirito Pty Ltd. (Santospirito) under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The charges follow a multi-agency investigation, which included assistance from Surfcoast Shire Council, into an alleged chemical incident at 200 Coombes Rd, Torquay.

EPA alleges that Santospirito improperly used a fumigant resulting in the production of methyl isothiocyanate (MITC). MITC affects the eyes and respiratory tract. Several nearby residents reported breathing difficulties as well as stinging and watering eyes.

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