Authorities call for person responsible for waste oil dump in Midland

Authorities clean up the waste oil dump in Midland.
Authorities clean up the waste oil dump in Midland.

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AUTHORITIES have asked the public for help to identify the person responsible for dumping a large quantity of waste oil down a local stormwater drain.

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) officers were called to the car park at 219 Great Eastern Highway, Midland site last Tuesday and found a number of used engine oil containers had been dumped overnight.

An estimated 200 litres of waste oil had been emptied into the car park’s stormwater drain.

DWER officers worked with commercial clean up contractors and the City of Swan to have the stormwater drains pumped out and waste oil residues removed.

DWER’s senior manager pollution response Ken Raine said based on the types of containers, quantity and type of oil the dumper was likely to be part of a commercial business.

“We believe someone has deliberately dumped this oil, intentionally emptying the containers into the stormwater drain” he said.

“This stormwater system appears to potentially connect to the Helena River and unauthorised oil discharge incidents like this not only pollute local waterways but can kill wildlife.”

Anyone with information that could help identify the offenders is urged to contact DWER’s Pollution Watch Hotline 1300 784 782 (24 hours) or by email at pollutionwatch@der.wa.gov.au.