Toxic run-off from Campbellfield factory fire threatens waterways

Toxic run-off from Campbellfield factory fire threatens waterways

Melbourne risks undoing decades of habitat restoration and losing platypuses and growling grass frogs unless more is done to prevent improper waste storage and factory fires, environmental experts warn.

A toxic inferno erupted in the city's north on Friday when a Campbellfield factory stockpiling chemical waste was engulfed in flames, sending plumes of black smoke across the city.

The liquid waste treatment facility had its licence suspended in March, after an EPA inspection had found the company had a stockpile exceeding its permit.

It was the eighth factory fire in Melbourne since October last year, several of which were caused by illegally or improperly-stored waste.