Pollution test

February 07, 2018

VicTrack will install a groundwater well and conduct groundwater monitoring (red dots) in Tatura.

Environmental testing on a slab of land in Tatura will begin this month to investigate legacy pollution on the land.

Drilling and monitoring works will aim to manage and monitor contamination linked to past uses of a central Tatura site as a mechanic.

The testing will centre around the corner of Hogan and Casey streets, opposite Apex Park, between February 19 and March 2.

The routine assessments are part of a proactive program to monitor, manage and clean up railway land, a Greater Shepparton City Council statement said.

Background provided by the council stipulated the site was used as a mechanics for several years.

Contamination from fuel stored on-site and possible spills have led to contamination of the groundwater, it read.

A groundwater monitoring well will be installed at the intersection of Hogan and Thomson streets. Thirteen groundwater monitoring wells will be sampled on VicTrack or council-owned land.

The works will only consider the current rail use of the land and not future use, the statement read.

‘‘There is no risk to the public under the existing use of the site. In the unlikely event that risks are identified, VicTrack will communicate these to the public,’’ the council said.

A number of car parking spaces will be out of action during the works.

While traffic management staff will be in place, the council predicted no traffic or pedestrian delays.

Minimal noise and dust is expected from the well installation.

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