ALGA Weekly eNewsletter – 2017 Issue No. 32
ALGA Award: Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition

Have you worked on a remediation project finalised within the last two years? Did your project show attention to environmental, economic and social components, and do you have evidence of social and environmental benefits? Did the project engage with regulatory practice requirements? Did you engage with the community?
You could be the 2017 ALGA's Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition Award winner. Read more.
NSW Class Action Over Contaminated Water

A New South Wales community of 450 people living in Williamtown's "Red Zone" have launched a class action seeking compensation after claiming their homes have been rendered worthless by the contamination. The suit was sparked by revelations in 2015 that the RAAF's use of a toxic fire-fighting foam, which included PFAS chemicals, had contaminated the area's water supply. Read more.

'Interim' Water Plant to Deal With Katherine PFAS

Katherine will receive an interim water treatment plant paid for by the Department of Defence to help the town clean water contaminated with PFAS chemicals. The Katherine water emergency plan will take effect from August 21. The water treatment plant is expected to be operational in the final quarter of 2017. Read more.

The Cost of Michigan's Contaminated Sites

Michigan has more than 280 contaminated sites that are “orphans”. That means the company that made the mess no longer exists and the state has to deal with it. But Michigan is running out of money to tackle these environmental problems. That was not good news for Antrim County, home to one of the largest contaminated sites in the country. Read more.

Have your say on Contaminated Site Management

The Contaminated sites environment protection policy outlines the requirements for the assessment, remediation, management and audit of contaminated land and, in particular, the role of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), government agencies and owners and occupiers of contaminated land.

The policy lists the legal obligations under the Environment Protection Act 1997. As part of the EPA's regular review of environment protection policies the policy has been reviewed and a Draft contaminated sites environment protection policy (PDF 778KB) is now available for public comment. Have your say - click here.

Mandatory Training Proposal for NZ Water Operators

Chief Executive of Water New Zealand, John Pfahlert, says Water New Zealand is currently working with the sector to develop an appropriate certification framework to address the lack of certified training programs for water operators, managers and supervisors. Read more.

NWRIC Releases Industry Roadmap

The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council released its Industry Roadmap document, a plan for a circular economy to improve Australia’s waste and recycling industry. It comes after a Four Corners investigation into stockpiling, the illegal transportation of waste and other issues. Read more.

NSW EPA Statement on Four Corners

The NSW Environment Protection Authority Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said he had considered the ABC TV Four Corners program (7 August), which alleged corruption in the waste industry, and implied corrupt conduct through inaction by the EPA. "I have referred this matter to ICAC," Mr Buffier said. Read more.

Dear ExampleContactFirstName
ALGA places great importance on education and/or information sharing, both as continuing professional development for established professionals, as well as reaching out to help those about to enter the industry. As a first of its kind, we are having a student tour of a contaminated site in Perth, this week. In this free event, the City of Canning and contaminated land professionals will provide a guided tour of the former Centenary Avenue landfill.

You will have noticed over the last month or so, much advertising has been done regarding our beefed up Annual Excellence Awards - don't forget you have to be in it to win it! If I could recommend that you block out in your calendars now the evening of Wednedsay, 25th October - Melbourne. This will be our Annual Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. More details to be released shortly - should you be interested in sponsoring the event feel free contacting Shardai now.

As always any suggestions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me directly OR use the "soapbox" button on the website.

Elisabethe Dank
Chief Executive Officer

ALGA is continually building on its library of resources on the website under the resources – papers tab. However, please note, this is a member benefit only – a password will have been provided in your membership confirmation email. Want to become a member click here for details

This website section includes copies of recordings, Powerpoint presentations and/or event summary reports for ALGA events held – click

Just added recently:

Groundwater Management for Infrastructure. Click here

Managing Legacy Landfill Contamination. Click here

Effective Contaminated Land Consenting. Click here

Redeveloping Landfills.
Click here
Events listed below shows events scheduled for the current month only. To view our complete events calendar click here All fees indicated are listed excluding GST.
Student Tour of a Contaminated Site
with University of Western Australia


When: Tuesday, 22 August

Where: Perth

Click here for more information and to register.

Industry Insights – The Changing Face of the Environmental Sector

Cost: Student members $10, Everyone else $15

When: Tuesday, 29 August

Where: Perth

Click here for more information and to register

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