28 July 2021: EPA lays charges over Torquay chemical incident. Chemical: MITC

EPA lays charges over Torquay chemical incident

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has laid a total of three charges against Torquay company I, C & J Santospirito Pty Ltd. (Santospirito) under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The charges follow a multi-agency investigation, which included assistance from Surfcoast Shire Council, into an alleged chemical incident at 200 Coombes Rd, Torquay.

EPA alleges that Santospirito improperly used a fumigant resulting in the production of methyl isothiocyanate (MITC). MITC affects the eyes and respiratory tract. Several nearby residents reported breathing difficulties as well as stinging and watering eyes.

As the matter is now before the courts EPA will be making no further comment.