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Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) have permeated products globally for decades. Being man-made there is no natural bacteria that will degrade the compound. They are pervasive and are very soluble – so once it rains or during a fire it will impact local surface water bodies and groundwater. The main industries that have potential PFC presence may include airports, aviation facilities, firefighting/training facilities, chrome plating, manufacturing, wastewater storage, and landfills. PFC exposure brings into the public numerous, very sensitive concerns about its effect on humans and disabilities that are incurred. This has sparked concern and interest in regulatory authorities. Recent guidance has indicated that specific practices should be employed on sites being assessed for PFCs. It is imperative that guidance is followed and AEA auditors provide confidence that the process implemented on site is consistent with the most recent guidance. Read more…
AEA staff and their families joined EP Risk Management for an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience in the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’ in Victoria at the weekend. It was complete with a bonfire, BBQ and bonhomie, and was a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and each other’s company. Enjoyed by all; no doubt this will become a seasonal ritual for a bit of fun and bonding.
The South Australian EPA is closely involved in improvements to SA’s planning strategy through the assessment of potential environmental issues associated with development. EPA has prepared position statements and guidelines to help local government planners, developers, consultants, and the community to better understand the EPA’s position on air quality, noise, radiation, waste, wastewater, and water quality in the context of the state’s planning system. These position statements and guidelines assist those preparing planning documents to understand how the environment can be safeguarded within planning strategy and policy guidelines documents. EPA’s planning staff can be contacted to discuss the EPA’s expectations on environmental protection for any proposed planning policy matter or development. AEA also supports these improvements and are keen to assist developers and planners to understand these updates, and how it may affect their projects, once announced and implemented. The full story is available here.
AEA’s talented expert winemaker, Phil Hitchcock, treated clients and friends to a Christmas special by gifting his very own prestigious Hunter Valley wine. To top it off, the bottling was done by AEA staff at our yearly get together, and it looks like it’s gone down a treat! As one happy recipient put it “Please let your colleagues know how much we enjoyed this wine celebrating a family event with enough people to do the big bottle justice.”