Shire CEO raises alarm over toxic landfill fires

Thick smoke partially obscures heavy earthmoving equipment (rear left) working to extinguish a second landfill fire at Hoddys Well last month.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TWO TOXIC fires at Toodyay’s controversial new landfill dump for millions of tonnes of metropolitan rubbish have caused the Shire of Toodyay to express concern to the State Government.

The first fire burnt for about two weeks underground at the Hoddys Well site last month.

It was followed a few days later by a surface fire in a different area that required three Toodyay fire units to help extinguish.

The second fire created a cloud of toxic smoke and caused State authorities to issue a hazard alert for nearby Clackline Road.

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