The proposed revision significantly expands the definition of Category 1 Remediation, work requiring consent. This has a potential to impact our industry in a myriad of ways and deserves a considered response. ACLCA NSW will be convening a sub-committee to prepare a response, beginning with a planning meeting. We propose to have the meeting at 5 pm on Monday, 19 February, at the offices of WSP (680 George St, Sydney). The intent of the planning meeting is for a few interested people from each member company to discuss the strategy for the response and select the sub-committee members. Please express your interest in attending by Friday 16 February to [email protected] so we can plan for numbers.
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.
ACLCA NSW member company, C.M. Jewell and Associates Pty Ltd, has recently been engaged by the NSW EPA to review and revise the Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Sites Impacted by Hazardous Ground Gases, originally issued in 2012.
The review and revision have two main objectives:
• To maintain consistency with Australian and overseas publications referenced in the guidelines that have been updated since the guidelines were originally issued (for example BS 8485), incorporate new reference material where relevant, and update the data tables where necessary; and
• To incorporate practical experience gained by Australian consultants and public authorities in the five years since the original guidelines were issued.
Some housekeeping issues such as broken links will also be addressed.
Any contributions on the revision would be appreciated, particularly with regard to practical experience in the assessment and management of ground gas in NSW or Australia more generally. Any such contribution will of course be acknowledged in the revised guidelines.
Please reply directly to [email protected] with any contributions or suggestions.
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