It is important to note that the Priority Sites Register is not a listing of all contaminated sites in Victoria, nor is it a list of all contaminated sites of which EPA has knowledge.
A site is listed on the Priority Sites Register when EPA issues a clean-up notice or a pollution abatement notice (relevant to land and groundwater). A notice is a means by which EPA formalises requirements to manage and/or clean up pollution.
Sites are removed from the Priority Sites Register once all conditions of a notice have been complied with and the site has been cleaned up to EPA’s satisfaction. This is formalised through a notice of revocation pursuant to section 60B of the Act.
The Priority Sites Register does not list sites managed by voluntary agreements or sites subject to management by planning controls (for example sites managed in accordance with section 173 agreement under the Planning and Environment Act 1987). Land purchasers should be aware of these limitations and make their own enquiries.