Have your say: Reducing the risk of pollution from service station runoff

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting feedback, particularly from industry and local councils, on a draft guide that outlines how service stations can better protect the environment from potentially polluted run-off from service station forecourts.

EPA Executive Director of Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health Stephen Beaman said run-off from service station forecourts can contain fuel and oil from spills that may occur during fuelling operations.

“The run-off needs to be collected and managed to protect human health and the environment. If not collected, these pollutants may be washed into the stormwater system and flow in to our rivers, lakes and beaches.

“Through the new guide the EPA is encouraging the service station industry to adopt best practice water capture and treatment technologies to prevent this happening,” Mr Beaman said.

The forecourts of service stations are generally hard surfaces consisting of re-fuelling areas, parking bays, trafficable and pedestrian access areas. As water flows across these hard surfaces, for example during rainfall, it can collect residues of petrol, oil or diesel which contain contaminants such as petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals, oils, grease, lubricants, coolants and dirt.

The EPA has released a draft Practice Note – Managing forecourt run-off from service stations for industry and public consultation providing guidance on how to treat potentially contaminated forecourt run-off before it reaches the environment. The guide provides recommendations on planning and design, managing risks, and approaches for collecting and treating run-off at service stations.

“Local councils are best placed to assess local environmental risks, and the guide helps them to assess potential risks and impacts.”

A consultation workshop will be held on 8 November 2018. See https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/contaminated-land/preventing-contaminated-land/upss for details for the workshop or to make a submission.

The EPA welcomes feedback and submissions via UPSSREG@epa.nsw.gov.au until COB Friday 30 November 2018.

The EPA will publish all submissions received on the EPA website, unless requested to keep a submission confidential. A report summarising the issues raised and any changes proposed to the draft will be published on the EPA website.