Holden Australia update on legacy environmental issue in Elizabeth







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 21, 2011
Categories: General News

Holden announced an environment review in November this year which had identified historical ground water contamination at a depth of 18 to 20 metres around its Elizabeth site.

As part of this ongoing environmental review, Holden has established the boundaries of the legacy plume and extended the northern boundary of the community consultation area.

The additional consultation area is bounded by Blake Road, Philip Highway, Hogarth Road and the Department of Defence in Elizabeth South (the western and southern boundaries are unchanged).   Holden has personally contacted residents in the area today, as well as commercial property owners last month, to ensure they are aware of the contamination which may be the result of historical manufacturing activities from Holden and/or other neighbouring industries.   The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and SA Health advise it’s not safe to drink or use bore water in this area and occupiers are urged to contact the EPA if they have an unlicensed well.   GM Holden Executive Director Manufacturing, Martyn Cray, said Holden has been progressively updating the EPA on the results of the current phase of testing.   “Holden is committed to best practice environmental management, which includes identifying historical contamination that may have occurred over previous decades,” he said.   “We are continuing to work closely with EPA. Holden is an important and active member of the northern suburbs community and we’re taking proactive steps to keep the EPA, community and other stakeholders informed about the progress of the investigation.”   Holden will keep employees, local community and business partners informed if there are any further developments.   For more information residents can contact the EPA on 1800 729 175 or visit the EPA site for information on bore water testing.