ALGA Weekly eNewsletter - 2017 Issue No. 27

Oakey residents seek contamination compensation

Hundreds of Oakey residents are seeking compensation from the Defence Department over soil and water contamination by toxic firefighting foam used at the Army Aviation Centre in south-east Queensland. Lawyers allege thousands of residents in Oakey have been exposed to toxic chemicals, after firefighting foams leeched into groundwater... read more.

Carbon Constraints May Hit Oil & Gas Projects

Concerns are being raised about how some Australian companies are planning for a clean energy future. Researchers say about $2 trillion worth of oil and gas projects could be made redundant in a carbon-constrained future.
Market watchers say companies like Woodside, Rio Tinto and Santos were already facing increased pressure to change the way they reported on the risks they faced, as they switched to cleaner energy... read more.

Gippsland Sewer Spill

EPA Victoria has completed a review of its response to a sewer spill on a Flynn farm near Traralgon in February 2016. The spill occurred from the Rosedale-Traralgon sewerage main – managed by Central Gippsland Regional Water Corporation (CGRWC). The review found the sewage entered a farm dam... read more. In May ABC reported that a Victorian dairy farmer was seeking compensation from Gippsland Water after two sewage spills on his farm... read more.

Investigation Raps EPA

A recent report in The Sydney Morning Herald says that a NSW government-commissioned investigation has recommended a "major review" into how the EPA handles contaminated land. The review recommended the EPA consider a "very fast response mechanism" for speedier responses to highly polluted sites. This is the third review in four years to criticise the EPA's management of contaminated land, and itself called for a further review to fix the "largely unwieldy" guidelines. Read more.

Qld DEHP Waste Classification

The status quo or a new risk-based regulatory framework? Those are the options put forward by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) in its recently released consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS) that reviews the state's regulated waste classification and waste-related environmentally relevant activity (ERA) framework... read more.

Annual Performance Statements

Annual performance statements (APSs) must be submitted to EPA by 30 September each year. APSs are the way licence holders report their environmental performance for the previous financial year. An APS lists performance against each licence condition and requires an explanation of all non-compliance incidents... read more.

Dear ExampleContactFirstName

Is the winter chill getting to you? Have a peek at our events calendar, and I’m sure many of you are warming up to the interesting events coming up.

This week alone, in addition to the Risk Assessment 101 currently in progress in Auckland, we have a Brisbane evening event that will delve into litigation and contaminated land; in Wellington consideration on how recent changes in contaminated land consenting can be effectively applied; whilst Melbourne is presenting experiences, challenges and learnings from the redevelopment of several landfill sites. For more details see below under "Just 'round the corner".

On Wednesday, 26 July there is a half-day workshop in Hobart focused squarely on up-skilling practitioners in the assessment (collection of samples and interpretation of data) of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated sites. Spaces are limited and registration is essential, see below for more details.

With the growing list of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the upcoming workshops in late July on Groundwater Management for Infrastructure, hearing from Dr Toby Roberts and Prof William Powrie on their expertise used on the London Cross Rail and others, are events not to be missed – be sure to forward on to whoever you know should be there.

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

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JULY 2017
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.
Litigation and Contaminated land – Evidence Gathering, Warrants and Enforcement

Cost: A$25 (ALGA members) A$60 everybody else

When: 18 July 2017

Where: Brisbane

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Effective Contaminated Land Consenting

When: Wednesday, 19 July

Cost*: NZ$25 (ALGA members) NZ$60 everybody else

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Redeveloping landfills

When: Wednesday, 19 July

Cost*: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else

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Risk Assessment 101 2-day Workshop

Cost: NZ$900 (ALGA members) NZ$1200 everybody else

When: 20 & 21 July 2017

Where: Christchurch

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Steps to Resolve the ASBestos-In-Soils (ASBINS) Technical Controversies

Cost: AU$200 (ALGA members) AU$275 everybody else

When: Monday, 24 July

Where: Brisbane, CBD

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Vapour Intrusion half-day Workshop (Part A) – Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Cost: AU$200 (ALGA members) AU$275 everybody else

When: Wednesday, 26 July

Where: Hobart, Tas

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Clandestine labs – Risk to Receptors, Owners, and State of the Industry

When: Wednesday, 26 July (Date change)

Cost*: AU$25 (ALGA members) AU$60 everybody else


Groundwater Monitoring Technologies

Cost: NZ$25 (ALGA members) NZ$60 everybody else

When: Thursday, 27 July

Where: Auckland

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Managing legacy landfill contamination 1-day workshop

Cost: AU$300 (ALGA members) AU$450 everybody else

When: Thursday, 27 July

Where: Newcastle, NSW

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Groundwater Management for Infrastructure - Case Studies from International Road, Sewer & Rail Projects, including London Crossrail

Cost*: $500 (ALGA members) $650 everybody else

When: Monday, 31 July
Where: Melbourne

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When: Wednesday, 2 August
Where: Sydney

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When: Friday, 4 August
Where: Auckland

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*incl of CIRIA C750 e-Book

Contamination Certification: Progress Towards a Single Scheme
The Boards of EIANZ and CEnvP together with the CRC CARE Board and SCPA National Executive Committee have agreed an in-principle basis for a scheme that facilitates certification of Contaminated Land practitioners under a single arrangement. This initiative has been taken, in large part, in response to feedback from practitioners questioning the need for separate schemes in what is a relatively niche market. The resulting scheme will address the needs of industry sector, professional associations, regulatory jurisdictions and ensure that the interests of practitioners certified under the two existing schemes are respected. At this stage, Soil Science Australia does not propose to participate in the single scheme being discussed between SCPA and EIANZ/CEnvP. The EIANZ/CEnvP/CRC CARE Boards and the SCPA National Executive Committee have convened a Working Group which has progressed:
  • Recommendations for the single certification scheme for practitioners
  • Transitional arrangements for the scheme to be implemented between now and the end of 2017.
A major consideration for the working group is that the interests of all existing certified practitioners, whether they be from the CEnvP (Contaminated Land) scheme or the SCPA: CP SAM scheme, be respected, and that the needs of regulators, industry and the broader community are supported. Please note that when transitional arrangements are agreed, prospective applicants for specialist Site Contamination certification, whether their initial enquiry has been submitted through CEnvP or SCPA, will be notified regarding the next intake of applications for certification.

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