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    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: 


    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.

    Consultation schedule:
    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.

    Further information about the consultation process can also be found here on the VIC EPA website.  

    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



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