ACLCA NSW Young Achiever Award 2018 - Winner Announced!
Last week we held our ACLCA NSW 2018 Young Achiever presentation night which was very well attended with 50 members in attendance. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it - it’s always great to see such support for our young achievers!
We would also like to thank our judges on the night - Dr Anne Colville (UTS), Arminda Ryan (EPA) and Rowena Salmon (Ramboll, NSW EPA Accredited Site Auditor and ACLCA NSW Membership Sub-Committee).
Winner of the ACLCA NSW Young Achiever Award 2018:
Cassie Murphy, AECOM.
Cassie receives a $500 cash prize and will be attending the 2018 EcoForum Conference and giving her presentation on Thursday 4th October.
Equal Second place (judges awarded these presenters the same score)
Alicia Cronly, Senversa
Nick Dunstan, Senversa.
Changes to the EP&A Act – Planning Certificates
In November last year, the NSW Government passed legislation to update the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The changes to the Act commenced on Thursday 1 March 2018. The Department of Planning and Environment have created a Guide to the updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
New Approved Contaminated Land Notification Form
The NSW EPA has recently approved an updated Contaminated Land Notification Form (‘Section 60’ form). The form now includes a link to the Duty to Report Contamination Guidelines and requests supporting sources of information. You can download the new Contaminated Land Notification Form here or from the EPA Website.
Australia’s Environment Ministers have endorsed the first PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP). The PFAS NEMP provides governments with a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites. The PFAS NEMP presents a how-to guide for the investigation and management of PFAS contamination and waste management, including recommended approaches, which will be called upon to inform actions by EPAs and other regulators.
SEPP 55 Revision - extension of original closing date
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is currently revising the State Environmental Planning Policy for the Remediation of Land, SEPP 55. This is a key document in the management of contaminated land that governs the approval process for remediation work. The revision has been published for comment, along with an explanation of intended effect, available here: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Under-review-and-new-Policy-and-Legislation/Remediation-of-Land-SEPP. Feedback on the Explanation of Intended Effect and draft Planning Guidelines can be submitted until 13 April 2018, an extension of the original closing date of 31 March 2018.
ANZECC Guideline Update – It is understood that The Australian New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality currently undergoing revision has been approved by the Commonwealth and is currently with State jurisdictions for approval prior to finalisation. Significant changes to water and sediment ecological criteria based on developments in toxicity data and further clarity on the methodology for their derivation are expected. For further information on the protocols for deriving criteria, please refer to https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/LWF/Areas/Environmental-contaminants/Water-and-sediment-quality-guidelines.