Victorian authorities will have to step in to remove toxic chemicals from the scene of a factory fire in Melbourne's inner west more than a year after the blaze erupted.
Between seven to 10 million litres of residual chemicals not destroyed in the August 2018 blaze at the West Footscray factory will be removed, WorkSafe confirmed on Friday.
The regulator has stepped in to remove the goods after "duty holders last week failed to demonstrate their ability to comply" with clean-up orders.
A taskforce including the state's environment watchdog will be set up with emergency services and local government to clean up the site.
Contractors will manage the operation. Air monitoring for asbestos is also in place.