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Fresh legal fight over plan to dump contaminated West Gate Tunnel soil in Bacchus Marsh

An environmental group is taking the Environment Protection Authority and Maddingley Brown Coal to court over plans to dump contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel at a landfill in Bacchus Marsh.

The latest court battle for the EPA comes just days after Bacchus Marsh Grammar school launched legal action over the controversial plan that has sparked major delays on the tunnel project and potential cost blowouts.

Moorabool Environment Group has taken action over the plans for contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project.

Moorabool Environment Group has taken action over the plans for contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project. Credit:Wayne Taylor

The Moorabool Environment Group filed an originating motion in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, seeking a judicial review of an EPA decision that has paved the way for Maddingley Brown Coal to receive tunnel boring machine spoil from the West Gate Tunnel project at its Bacchus Marsh landfill, in Melbourne’s outer west, if it gets state government approval.

The group has claimed the EPA, when approving the operator’s environment management plans, failed to take into account the presence of growling grass frogs, a threatened species, and that the decision was “unreasonable, and no reasonable decision-maker could have made it”.

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