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Charges laid over chemical stockpile that led to West Footscray blaze

A man linked to one of the worst industrial fires in Melbourne’s recent history is now facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly creating the massive illegal stockpile of chemical waste that sparked the blaze and the environmental contamination it caused.

Graham Leslie White and his company, Delacor Pty Ltd, have been charged with a total of 34 counts of permitting the dumping of industrial waste at the factory in West Footscray, causing or permitting the pollution of a local waterway, and causing an environmental hazard.

Graham White outside court in 2019.

Graham White outside court in 2019. Credit:Chris JHopkins

Other charges laid against the business by the Environment Protection Authority include aggravated pollution.

The West Footscray fire – the biggest industrial blaze since the Coode Island disaster of 1991 – burnt for more than a week, spreading toxic plumes of smoke across the western suburbs and forcing the closure of businesses and schools, and seriously contaminating nearby Stony Creek.

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