Sixty radioactive cows buried beneath land in Melbourne’s west slated for sale and development will cost $35million to remediate, according to Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio.
She said on Sunday the contamination would not affect the area’s groundwater or nearby environment.
The Age newspaper reported on Sunday that the cows are buried in Werribee land that the Victorian Government is attempting to sell to a Chinese group that plans to build a $20billion education precinct on it.
The report said the 775ha site included parts of the old State Research Farm, which conducted scientific testing on animals for decades with radioactive tracer dyes that could be dangerous to human life for about 120 years.
Ms D’Ambrosio said the clean-up costs would be much cheaper than the $300million reported by The Age.
She also said any development plans were subject to strict environmental assessment before approval.
‘‘A recent report shows that there is no cause for concern in terms of contamination to groundwater and any effects beyond the area of the land itself,’’ she said.
‘‘The indications by the proponents wishing to develop up that land (show) the contamination clean-up is in the order of $35million, so it’s certainly nowhere near what (was reported).’’