Many old tips leak methane gas

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Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says it has identified six landfills in Melbourne’s south-east that are emitting methane gas.

The EPA audited about 260 former and current sites, after dangerous levels of methane gas leaked from a landfill into a Cranbourne housing estate last year.

The six sites are in Lyndhurst, Clayton South and Springvale South, but are not affecting residential areas.

The EPA’s chairman, Mick Bourke, says work will be undertaken to contain the methane.

“The methane that’s been found outside those landfills, those six landfills, is very near to the landfills and not close to the residents at this time,” he said.

“But it is important to ensure that the methane cannot travel further towards residential areas.”

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