Barangaroo remediation

The EPA has surrendered the Environment Protection Licence held by Infrastructure NSW for the remediation work at Barangaroo which has been underway since 2010.

Giselle Howard, Regional Director Metropolitan Branch said the remediation works had been complex and required the management of significant risks.

“The premises included highly contaminated groundwater as well as asbestos. There were significant risks that offensive odours could be generated by remediation activities due to the close proximity of tourist, commercial and residential precincts around Barangaroo. 

“I am proud of the work our teams did, working in conjunction with NSW Health, the Planning Assessment Group within DPIE and the Contaminated Land, Air and Water Technical groups, to ensure the potential for any environmental and health impacts were minimised and appropriately communicated. That included developing appropriate processes to require that timely interventions and corrective actions were implemented to respond to community concerns or complaints.

“We also negotiated additional air quality monitoring points and real time data collection, developed and published fact sheets and held regular inter-agency meetings to canvas project progress, community concerns and agency responses,” Giselle said.

“The work at Barangaroo showcases our effective regulation of a complex remediation project in a highly populated area which included residential and commercial occupants as well as a childcare centre.

“It is also a textbook example of effective collaboration between agencies.  Through the application of best practice technology, demanding regulatory requirements, as well as extensive stakeholder engagement by Infrastructure NSW and its contractors, there have been minimal complaints and impact on the community and that is something we can be proud of.”

The surrender notice required that iNSW continues to undertake water monitoring and to address any unexpected residual impacts.