EPA seeks feedback on changes to contaminated land guidelines

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to two guidelines for managing and remediating contaminated land, under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997.

Both the current guidelines for reporting on contaminated sites, and the assessment and management of hazardous ground gases, are being revised to ensure they reflect current legislation and industry best practice, EPA Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health Executive Director Steve Beaman said.

The upgrades will also improve usability. 

“The EPA’s objective in updating the reporting guidelines is to ensure that reports prepared by consultants on contaminated land contain the right information, in a suitable format, to inform and explain management decisions, document outcomes, and provide for an efficient review by regulators, site auditors, and other interested parties,” Mr Beaman said.

“This guideline describes the stages of reporting on the management of contaminated land and provides checklists of requirements for consultants to use when reporting on contaminated sites.”

“The guideline on the assessment and management of hazardous ground gases, often found in old landfill, or industrial sites being redeveloped, is being revised to reflect updates in technical knowledge and remediation techniques in this challenging area.”

“By seeking public feedback on the draft guidelines, we can ensure they meet the needs of all stakeholders and are useable and effective.”

Feedback can be provided through the “Have your say” platform via the EPA’s website, if contributors identify something which could potentially improve the guidelines.

After consultation closes, the EPA will consider feedback before finalising and publishing the guidelines anticipated to be by the end of 2019.

Once finalised, the updated guidelines must be considered by:

  • the EPA in managing contaminated land
  • accredited site auditors when conducting a site audit
  • contaminated land consultants when reporting on contaminated sites; including investigation, remediation, validating, and ongoing management
  • those responsible for land contamination with a duty to notify the EPA.

How can I have my say?

Download the draft Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines from https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/consultants-reporting-on-contaminated-land and the draft Assessment and management of hazardous ground gases: Contaminated Land Guidelines from https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/assessment-and-management-of-hazardous-ground-gases.

Comments can be submitted through the online form on the main pages, or by uploading a document. You may also email your submission to CLM.Consultation@epa.nsw.gov.au. Consultation will be open until midnight 8 October 2019.