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2004 Report



Young

Contaminated sites

Indicator description

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What the results tell us for Young

No new confirmed or potentially contaminated sites were recorded in the shire during the current reporting period. The comprehensive State of the Environment Report 2000 reported three confirmed contaminated sites and 77 potentially contaminated sites (see OCE 2000).

The State of the Environment Report 2000 also noted that 'Young has a very large stone fruit industry (predominantly cherries and plums), and historically a great number of chemicals (organochlorines, organophosphates, metals and metalloids) were used in the region on the stone fruit trees as pesticides. These included arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc, many of which have a low rate of breaking down, and tend to remain in the soil at high levels for a long period of time. Subsequently all 'old' orcharding land (orchards planted before 1970) are potentially contaminated, and require soil testing for pesticide residues prior to further development (subdivision, building, etc). To date some 25 sites, have been tested, with only one site showing excessive levels of Endosulfan and copper.' (OCE 2000)

It is unknown whether any site remediation has been undertaken in the current reporting period.

About the data

Information was provided by Young Shire Council. Sites were classed as potentially contaminated on the basis of landuse.

A full list of confirmed or potentially contaminated sites in Young Shire under the indicator 'Land contamination' in the State of the Environment Report 2000

References

OCE—see Office of the Commissioner for the Environment

Office of the Commissioner for the Environment (2000) Australian Capital Region State of the Environment Report 2000, Office of the Commissioner for the Environment, Canberra (see indicator 'Land contamination' for Young).