NSW EPA Guidelines Updated
NSW EPA has advised that some minor amendments to two NSW EPA Contaminated Land Guidelines have been made and the two guidelines have been republished. The notice relating to the publishing of the amended guidelines was issued in the NSW Government Gazette on 12 June 2020. The following Contaminated Land Guidelines have been re-published:
• ‘Consultants reporting on contaminated land’
• ‘Assessment and management of hazardous ground gases’
The changes include:
• updating a reference in the reporting guidelines from PFAS NEMP to the new PFAS NEMP 2.0 (the broken hyperlinks are being corrected in the new version mentioned above)
• improve useability by converting the reporting guidelines to PDF, and making the ground gas guidelines more accessible for the vision impaired
• fix small typos / grammatical and formatting errors
• adding cover photos for consistency and easy identification
The guidelines are now in effect and can be found on the NSW EPA website.
PFAS NEMP 2.0
Version 2 of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP 2.0) has now been published. The updated PFAS NEMP is available at the website of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment here: https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/chemicals-management/pfas.
All states, territories and the Australian Government have collaborated to develop version 2.0 of the PFAS NEMP, which was agreed by Heads of EPAs in October 2019. The document has incorporated feedback from the public consultations held in early-to-mid 2019 on the draft PFAS NEMP 2.0. The PFAS NEMP 2.0 continues to provide a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites, and is intended to be the primary source of specific guidance for the assessment and management of sites impacted with PFAS.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has also released a revised Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Framework for Responding to PFAS Contamination (the PFAS IGA). The revisions to the Agreement and its Appendices A and C, which came into effect on 7 February 2020, support strengthened collaboration and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories to respond consistently and effectively to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. A newly included National PFAS Position Statement (Appendix D) sets out a shared vision of governments to reduce future releases of PFAS into the environment. The revised PFAS IGA is available at the COAG website here: https://www.coag.gov.au/about-coag/agreements/intergovernmental-agreement-national-framework-responding-pfas-07feb20
Updated Guidelines for Consultants Reporting on Contaminated Land
The Guidelines for Consultants Reporting on Contaminated Land form part of a series of statutory guidelines made or approved by the EPA to support the administration of the CLM Act. The newly updated guidelines were released on 4th April 2020 and came into effect immediately, replacing the 2011 edition. These guidelines have been revised to reflect current legislation, technical guidance and best practice as well as public submissions on the consultation draft.
ACLCA NSW response to COVID-19.
NSW Health response and company responses to the spread of COVID-19 are rapidly evolving.
Businesses in NSW and beyond are implementing a number of measures to protect the health of employees and visitors to reduce the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19. These measures include cancelling or postponing any external client events for the ensuing months.
ACLCA NSW supports and follows the directives of our Company member hosts and has postponed ALL events and training until further notice. Updates will be provided on our website and directly through emails to your company representative.
We are currently reviewing options for delivering training and monthly technical presentations, either via Webinar or a similar format. Members will be updated on this as soon as details are finalised.
Please go to our Events page to keep up-to-date with all upcoming webinars.
The ACLCA NSW Executive Committee is meeting early in December to plan our schedule of events for 2020. We will be organising our monthly technical seminars, OHS training course, extra CPD courses for members, annual trivia night, Soil Logging Workshop, Young Achievers Award and other events. Once details are finalised we will email members with details and update the website.
Please check our EVENTS page soon for further details.
The NSW EPA is seeking feedback on updated guidelines for:
Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated Land Guidelines; and
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.
Consultation on draft of version 2 of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan
The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was published in February 2018 following agreement by all Australian Environment Ministers. The Heads of EPAs (HEPA) National Chemicals Working Group (NCWG) has been working since then to clarify and expand on the guidance in the NEMP. This updating work is consistent with the commitment by HEPA that the NEMP will be a living document. A comprehensive review of the PFAS NEMP will be undertaken in 2023.
Stakeholders are invited to consider and provide feedback on the aspects of the NEMP that are either new or significantly revised.
From March to April 2019, the NCWG, under the direction of HEPA, will host open consultation sessions in all capital cities around Australia. Anyone is welcome to attend.
The Sydney consultation is scheduled for Wednesday 10 April. Please register by COB Friday 5 April to receive the event details.
More details on the PFAS NEMP 2.0, including how to make a submission and the national consultation schedule, are located on the EPA Victoria website.
NSW EPA - UPSS Stakeholder briefing and discussion forum
On 1 September 2019, the regulation of underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) in NSW will become a shared responsibility between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and local councils. The NSW EPA is holding a briefing and discussion forum for the petroleum industry on 27 March 2019 in Sydney about the transition process. Further details are in the flyer here.
Who should attend?
Oil/fuel companies, independents, service station operators, distributors, contractors, service providers, designers and consultants.
Information will be provided on
- updating EPA guidance material on UPSS management
- training and capacity building for council officers
- evaluating UPSS operator performance and compliance
- following up previously exempt or non-compliant sites
The EPA will be seeking your views about the key issues, and concerns you may have about the regulatory transition process, and what the solutions might be.
Consultation on Draft of Version 2 of PFAS NEMP - EPA VIC
The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was published in February 2018 following agreement by all Australian Environment Ministers. The Heads of EPAs (HEPA) National Chemicals Working Group (NCWG) has been working since to clarify and expand on the guidance in the NEMP. Version 2 of the draft NEMP can be viewed here.
UTS Contaminated Site Assessment, Remediation and Management (CSARM) short course series.
The UTS (CSARM) short course series comprises 5 modules running from February to November and, along with attendance at ACLCA NSW monthly seminars, can help you extend your knowledge base and update your professional skills, and also achieve your CPD goals. Further information about the courses can be found on the UTS website here.
Please note, members of ACLCA NSW are entitled to the discounted rate.
Changes to the EP&A Act – Planning Certificates
In November 2017 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.
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.