You can stay up to date with the latest contaminated land management news and events, including
- changes to policy and regulatory requirements
- updates to guidelines and legislation
- opportunities to have your say on public exhibitions.
Reminder: the EPA is seeking feedback on two draft guidelines
Public consultation closing soon
The NSW EPA is seeking feedback on updated guidelines for
- Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines
- Assessment and management of hazardous ground gases: Contaminated Land Guidelines.
Consultation will close midnight 8 October 2019.
The new guidelines are expected to be finalised and published in late 2019.
How to have your say
You can download and submit feedback on the draft guidelines through the NSW EPA 'Have your say' page.
If you have any questions on the consultation process, please call the Environment Line on 131 555 or email CLM.Consultation@epa.nsw.gov.au.
Renewal of Class 1 Exemption Orders for UPSS
The exemption for persons responsible for underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) that are used to store heating or waste oil, or fuel for a back-up generator (Class 1 Exemptions) has been extended to 31 August 2021. An exemption for these types of UPSS sites has existed since the original Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2008.
The ongoing exemption allows for the transition of responsibility for other types of UPSS to councils and to allow the EPA to conduct a review and risk assessment of these types of UPSS to better inform any future decision making to best manage and/or regulate them.
EPA staff have been out and about, hosting or providing information on contaminated land issues at workshops and forums around the state, with more to come.
UPSS workshops for council officers
Since mid-August, nine capacity building workshops have been held across Sydney, Queanbeyan, Kiama, Newcastle, Armidale, Griffith, Ballina, and Coffs Harbour. Over 200 council officers have attended so far. These 1-day 'face-to-face' workshops provide council officers with information, knowledge, and skills to effectively regulate UPSS sites in their local areas. Council officers who now have responsibility for regulating UPSS sites are encourages to attend.
|Broken Hill||24 October|
|Wagga Wagga||6 November|
Contact UPSSReg@epa.nsw.gov.au for information on how to register.
Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Information Forums 2019
Information Forums for councils are being held at various locations around the state to discuss key developments in planning policy in NSW. The EPA is presenting on contaminated land matters, including an overview of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 framework at most of the forums.
Since July, 17 sessions have been held across Wyong, Singleton, Molong, Nyngan, Wilcannia, Wakeley, Lane Cove, Drummoyne, Dee Why, West Wyalong, Young, Lockhart, Deniliquin, Balranald, Picton, Campbelltown, and Norwest.
|Georges River Council||15 October||Cnr MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville|
|Blue Mountains City Council||17 October||2-6 Civic Place, Katoomba|
|Snowy Monaro Regional Council||22 October||81 Commissioner Street, Cooma|
|Kiama Municipal Council||24 October||11 Manning Street, Kiama|
|Gunnedah Shire Council||29 October||63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah|
|Walgett Shire Council||31 October||77 Fox Street, Walgett|
|Inverell Shire Council||4 November||144 Otho Street, Inverell|
|Kempsey Shire Council||6 November||22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey|
|Byron Shire Council||8 November||70 Station Street, Mullumbimby|
These forums are for council employees only. Council officers can register for the upcoming sessions online.
CRC CARE CleanUp Conference 2019 in Adelaide
The CleanUp 2019 Conference was held across 8 - 12 September. It was the 8th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, incorporating the 2nd International PFAS Conference.
The NSW EPA gave a presentation on 'An Adaptive Approach to Communication Engagement to Management Legacy Asbestos in a Residential Setting', which was well received and generated a lot of post-presentation discussion.
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association (AHCA) Forum
The Asbestos in Soils Forum was held on 24 September by the newly formed Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultants Association (AHCA).
The EPA presented on asbestos in soils management under the Contaminated Land Management and Waste frameworks.
Australian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) Seminar - Asbestos in soil assessment and regulation
The Australian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) Seminar will be held on 9 October. Experts from ALGA's asbestos special interest group will present on the latest developments in the management and remediation of asbestos, including a risk-based approach.
The EPA will give an overview on the NSW Asbestos Coordination Committee (NACC) and a summary of the EPA's response to ALGA's position paper on asbestos in soils.
You can register to attend the event online.