The EPA has been undertaking environmental assessment work in Albert Park since mid-2019. This work has been focused near a site at 24 Murray Street where former tin can manufacturer J Gadsden Pty Ltd was located between 1940 and 1984.
Groundwater (bore water) in this area is contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE) and other chemicals, and on 12 September 2019 the EPA established a groundwater prohibition area to prevent residents from accessing contaminated bore water.
The EPA has also been undertaking work to determine whether the contamination has the potential to enter residential indoor air as vapour. A third stage of work will commence in October 2020 in streets, footpaths and road verges. Based on the results, individual property owners may be approached for permission to undertake indoor air sampling. In the rare instance that a home is affected by vapour intrusion, the EPA works with residents to manage any potential health risk.