Public land managers are responsible for the management of a large proportion of land in NSW. These land portfolios are likely to include sites where historic uses may have resulted in land contamination. Public land managers have obligations under the contaminated land management framework to ensure any human health and environmental risks associated with land contamination are appropriately managed.
Procedures for the identification and management of contaminated sites
The EPA, in consultation with key landholding agencies, has developed a set of model procedures for the identification and management of contaminated sites. Rather than being prescriptive, these procedures outline a broad framework for dealing with contaminated land. This allows public land managers to follow a consistent process in the management of contaminated land, while still incorporating their own compliance needs, corporate objectives, procedures and commercial drivers.
The model procedures consist of a decision tree (PDF 182KB) highlighting the key decision points, stages in management and the resources available at each stage. The resource sheets detail the key considerations for a land manager at each stage in the management process, legislative obligations, guidelines and other tools.