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  • October Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

    Wednesday, 10th October 2018 WA

    When: Wednesday, 10th October 2018

    Host Company: Jacobs

    Where: Lvl 11, Durack Centre, 263 Adelaide Tce, Perth

    Contact: Mark Harris

    Preseentation: TBA

    Presenters: Lachlan Smith, Jacobs; Bill DiGuiseppi, Principal Hydrogeologist (Denver Office) via Skype

    Update on ASS

    Presented by: Cameron Baldock, Coffey

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  • September Meeting 2018

    Wednesday, 12 September 2018 WA

    Ecoforum 2018 presentations - sneak peak by successful ACLCA-WA sponsored winners

    Liam Crellin of GHD and Richelle Bunbury of Coffey have been selected to present at Ecoforum in Sydney in October. ACLCA WA members, unable to travel to Sydney, are lucky to get a sneak peek at what Ecoforum has to offer.

    When: Wednesday, 12th September 2018

    Host Company: Coffey Environments

    Where: Lvl 1, Bishops See, 235 St Georges Tce, Perth

    Contact: Katie Hannah

    Rapid Field Investigation Of Contamination Impacts At Western Australian Firing Ranges Utilising X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) – Liam Crellin

    Liam is an Environmental Geoscientist within the Contamination Assessment and Remediation team at GHD in Perth, Western Australia. Liam's experience is largely within soil, groundwater and ground gas contaminated site assessments. He has just over three years experience in the contaminated land industry and has seen nearly every corner of WA through his field experience.


     The investigation targeted large-scale operational sites in Western Australia comprising multiple potential sources of contamination, with up to ten active and former firing ranges used for training purposes. The aim of the investigation was to characterise soil impacts, assess risks to human health and the environment, and determine any requirements for contamination risk mitigation measures. The use of the portable XRF instrument facilitated time efficient assessment of a number of large firing ranges that would have otherwise been conducted in multiple separate mobilisations. The collection of real-time metal data allowed the field team to spatially and vertically delineate soil impacts in the field, in addition to assessing stockpiles, drainage features and low-lying areas. This methodology resulted in decreased costs to the client and reduced safety risks relating to travel to and from remote sites. Although varying levels of correlation were observed between the XRF data and the laboratory data (analyte dependent), lead (considered to be the primary risk driver) generally exhibited a strong correlation.


    Geraldton Port – Groundwater Risk Assessment – Richelle Bunbury

    Richelle Bunbury is an Associate Environmental Scientist with Coffey in Perth. During her 13 year career she has worked on a range of complex environmental contamination assessments involving the development of strategic investigation strategies. Richelle also works regularly in a supporting role for WA accredited Contaminated Sites Auditors.


    Geraldton Port (the ‘site’) is comprised of a Commercial Shipping Harbour and Commercial Fleet Fishing Harbour and approximately 79 port-related commercial

    enterprises. Historical site investigations identified soil and groundwater contamination leading the site owners, Mid West Ports, to commission a port wide contaminated sites investigation, including review by a contaminated sites (CS) Auditor. Given the dynamic nature of the site as an operational port, site  investigations were risk based, as agreed between Coffey and the CS Auditor, focusing on potential exposure pathways and sensitive receptors, rather than

    complete site characterisation. The harbours are under tidal influence, with significant daily water exchange at the freshwater/saltwater interface, therefore to understand the ecological risk, a groundwater risk assessment (GRA) was undertaken focusing on the discharging nutrient load rather than localised groundwater concentrations.

  • Perth's first Enviro Drinks

    Thursday, 6 September 2018 WA

    We are excited to announced the first EnviroDrinks for Perth, providing a networking platform across the whole environment industry.

    Hosted by ALGA in collaboration with ACLCA-WA, EIANZ and ECA.  We're shaking things up a little in a funky eclectic bar reserved just for us!  Come enjoy some nibbles, networking and a drink or two from the bar, thanks to our sponsors ALS, AnzEnviro, Eurofins.

    When: Thursday, 6 September  2018, 5.30pm to late

    Where: Wolf Lane, 321 Murray Street, Perth

    Registration: ALGA website

    ALGA/ACLCA*/EIANZ*/ECA* members $30, non-members $70

    *contact for discount code

  • June Meeting 2018

    Wednesday, 6th June 2018 WA

    Note: Meeting to be held first week in June

    When: Wednesday, 6th June 2018

    Host Company: ERM

    Where:Lvl 18, 140 St Georges Tce, Perth

    Contact: Ed Dennis

    Presentation Title: The Geology of Mars

    Presenter: Dr Marco Fiorentini, UWA

  • April Meeting 2018

    Wednesday, 11th April 2018 WA

    ACLCA-WA member meeting

    When: Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Host company: HydroSolutions

    Where: WSP, 2/503 Murray Street, Perth

    Contact: Chris Donnetti

    Presentation title: 

    PFAS National Environmental Management Plan – Section 19.2 Laboratory requirements. The Technical Detail.

    Section 19.2 of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan lists several items that practitioners should ensure their chosen laboratory can provide. The presentation will provide technical detail on these items and how they can impact site remediation decisions

    Presentation by: Ros Ma, SGS WA Business Manager and Adam Atkins, Business Manager for SGS Leeder Consulting

  • March Meeting 2018

    Wednesday, 14 March 2018 WA

    ACLCA-WA member meeting

    When: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    Host company: AECOM

    Where: Lvl 6, 3 Forrest Place, Perth

    Contact: Sally Stevenson

    Presentation title: Biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons on land and underwater to achieve environmental sustainability and drive business growth

    Presentation by: Colin Roberts (Caltex) - present 'Giving soil waste a second chance'; Scott Robinson (AECOM) - present 'Underwater drone sampling to assess hydrocarbon impacts and natural attenuation in a marine pipeline'

  • February Meeting 2018

    Wednesday, 21st February 2018 WA

    ACLCA-WA member meeting

    When: Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    Host company: Strategen

    Where: Lvl 1, 50 Subiaco Square Road, Subiaco

    Contact: George King

    Presentation Title:

    Microplastics – Investigation of the effect of different virgin polyethylene pellets of various producers and lots on the polyethylene-water partition coefficient for Naphthalene in a small laboratory scale


    Julia Heide, Environmental Engineer BEng (hons), Darmstadt University of Technology

  • DWER News - Contaminated Soils


    The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) advises that it no longer requires hard copy submissions (including technical reports) relating to contaminated sites or acid sulfate soils. The Department is intending to develop an online submission portal in the future. In the interim, all submissions relating to contaminated sites or acid sulfate soils should be submitted via email to<>, unless the Department has specifically requested otherwise (such as when a report is required urgently).  Formal submissions, including statutory forms and technical reports should not be emailed to individual officers or to the generic Contaminated Sites email address.

    Statutory forms (including Form 1, Form 2, Form 3 and Form 6) should now be submitted electronically via email to<>. Please ensure that the forms are signed and provided as a PDF file. If you are submitting a Form 1 report of a known or suspected contaminated site and you have a duty to report under section 11 of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, please ensure that current certificates of title are provided for each land parcel being reported.

    An online payment system is currently being developed for Form 2 'requests for a summary of records in respect of land'. A further update will be provided when the system becomes operational.

    All technical reports should be provided as a text-searchable PDF file. All relevant appendices should be provided within the same PDF file. An exception is for PDF files larger than approximately 300 - 500 pages, when the provision of large appendices (such as laboratory certificates) in separate PDF files is supported to make the electronic document faster to load, read and save.

    For the submission of technical reports, the email should include the following detail:

    *         a clear description of the site, including the legal description, street address and common name;
    *         DWER reference number (eg DMO XXX), if known;
    *         identification and contact details of the report submitter;
    *         purpose for submitting the report, where relevant (e.g. seeking reclassification, planning condition clearance);
    *         for acid sulfate soil reports, specify if the report is being submitted for planning condition clearance, and/or in support of a licence under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914; and
    *         a list of the technical reports being submitted.

    Providing this information will assist us in processing your submission in a timely manner.

    Where possible, reports and any other documents being submitted should be attached to the email as PDF files. Zipped folders will not be accepted. If the total size of the email, with attachments, exceeds 50 MB, DWER will accept submissions via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). If using FTP, please ensure that:

    *         the access link is not restricted to an individual officer;

    *         login is not required for access; and

    *         a covering letter is included in the submission with the details outlined above.

    Email is the preferred method of submission. However, if you are unable to make a submission via email, please post a hard copy, including a covering letter when relevant (with attachments on an accompanying CD/DVD/USB flash drive) to:

    Senior Manager, Contaminated Sites
    Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
    Locked Bag 33
    Cloisters Square WA 6850

    If posting bulky electronic storage devices, such as USB flash drives, please ensure that the packaging meets the minimum requirements specified by the relevant postal service.

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  • DWER News - Per and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental


    From: Contaminated Sites []
    Sent: Friday, 18 May 2018 7:24 AM
    Cc: .Br Contaminated Sites <>
    Subject: Email Alert No. 102: Per and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental

    The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan PFAS NEMP was released on 16 February 2018 and is available via the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) webpage on PFAS Investigations in WA:- The PFAS NEMP provides national guidance on the investigation and management of PFAS contamination and related issues such as waste management. The PFAS NEMP has been developed as an adaptive plan, able to respond to emerging research and knowledge.

    Environmental guideline values provided in the PFAS NEMP replace the screening levels listed in Table 4 of DWER's 'Interim Guideline on the Assessment and Management of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)' (Department of Environment Regulation, January 2017). When characterising PFAS contamination in WA, practitioners should address at least the analytical suite for PFAS outlined in Table 3.

    Landfill acceptance criteria provided in the PFAS NEMP replace the criteria listed in Table 6 of DWER's Interim Guideline. The PFAS NEMP criteria have been determined based on existing jurisdiction approaches to the derivation of landfill acceptance criteria for a number of standard landfill designs and is consistent with the approach adopted in DWER's Landfill Waste Classification and Waste Definitions 1996 (As amended December 2018)<> [LWCWD].

    DWER has recently updated the LWCWD to include a new waste type (special waste type 3) for soils and other solid wastes impacted by PFAS. Landfill operators licensed under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, intending to accept PFAS impacted solid wastes, must seek approval under their licence to allow this waste to be accepted. Upon approval the Department will include the relevant waste acceptance criteria in conditions of the licence.