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    SEPP 55 Revision
    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:
    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


    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. 


    Have your say on the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP)

    The Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) are working together to develop the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP). This will establish a nationally consistent approach to the regulation and management of PFAS.
    You are invited to share your views on a consultation draft document that will inform the final PFAS NEMP. The consultation draft steps through the topics that will be covered off in the final plan and asks focussing questions that you can choose to address individually or comment on the topic generally.
    Victoria EPA is leading this consultation process on behalf of all other Australian jurisdictions.
    To view the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan Consultation Draft, and to provide your feedback, please see the EPA Victoria website (
    Member companies are welcome to provide individual submissions and ACLCA will also provide a collective response on behalf of members.