We would like to take this opportunity and acknowledgement to say congratulations to Shandel Coleman on her recent graduation with a Master of Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology. Hard work and dedication have really prevailed for you on this great achievement. You should be very proud of your efforts and juggling work and family between it all. Well done, Shandel!
EPA SA has recently released a new regulatory framework on site contamination. It is our duty at AEA to inform those that may be effected by these new guidelines and answer any questions that you may have. Below is a summary on the new SA Site Contamination Guidelines. Purpose of the Framework Outlines the EPA’s decision-making framework for regulating and processing contaminated sites. Sections that may be relevant to you Section 3: EPA Assessment and Remediation Goals Outlines assessment / remediation goals required by the EPA Section 6: Determination of Persons Liable for Site Contamination Framework enabling the EPA to determine if a liable person/s exist or if the site falls into the EPA management of orphaned sites Section 7: Regulatory Priority Outlines the EPA process for prioritising contaminated sites. Regulatory approach, assessment and remediation timeframes are driven by the EPA’s determination of priority. A risk banding is provided in Appendix 3 for a range of the potential contaminating activities undertaken. A high risk site may require a voluntary proposal subject to the potential risk to human health and the environment, as assessed by the EPA. The regulatory approach for lower priority sites is a non-statutory agreement. Section 8: Regulatory Response Outlines the potential actions and timeframes for different regulatory priorities. For example, a service station with petroleum hydrocarbons in groundwater could be classified as Level 1 Regulatory Priority with an assessment timeframe of 6 months or less and a remediation timeframe of 8 months or less, as per Table 4 Section 8. Section 9: Triggers for a Site Contamination Audit Refers to the triggers for audits within the Guidelines for the Site Contamination Audit System. These triggers include where contamination migrates offsite and presents a potential risk to the environment or sensitive land uses (i.e. hydrocarbon plume migrating beneath houses) and when developing a potentially contaminated site into sensitive land. Section 16: Cessation of Regulatory Involvement The regulatory end point is reached when it is demonstrated that the contamination does not pose a current risk to human health and the environment, unless new information is received to the contrary. This end point can be reached through the assessment and remediation process for a non-sensitive land use site or through the audit process. Key Points to Consider EPA expects assessment reports to characterise the site, determine contaminants of potential concern, determine the nature and extent of site contamination, and identify and assess potential risks to human health and the environment. Based on an initial limited review, if the EPA determines that a report has significant flaws (i.e. the above information is not addressed), the EPA will undertake a detailed review. EPA use a risk based approach, taking into account PCA risk ranking and exposure pathways and receptors to determine priority sites.
A huge congratulations to Gurdeep and Abbey on the delivery of a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Baby Luca will be in loving hands and is welcomed with opened arms. We can’t wait to meet him. Well done guys and enjoy this new life-changing journey!
AEA’s Melbourne office supported Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, 25th of May. Thank you to everyone who donated to this fantastic cause and contributed to a nice morning.
AEA is proud to announce that we are now triple-certified across the company nationwide, following a comprehensive audit by SAI Global. This certification includes: ISO:9001 Quality, ISO:14001 Environment, and AS/NZS:4801 Health & Safety. During the process of obtaining the triple certification, we have seen many improvements to our internal systems including increased quality, efficiency and safety of our work. We have put these in place to help make the business better than ever. AEA is proud to have achieved these standards to a national level and commends Greg Foster (overall BMS), Shandel Coleman (safety) and Stuart Thurlow (environmental) for leading this work. This accreditation meets a strategic company objective, set by the Board last year. The commitment has included many hours of the Board and all staffs valuable time. Congratulations team!
We often get asked lots of questions around developing properties on potentially contaminated land. What’s the process? How much is it going to cost? When do I engage an auditor? How long does an audit take? And many more. So we created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet which will help you understand how the industry works and potentially assist in planning for your next project. There are plenty more questions to be asked, so watch this space as AEA plans to host an information session for developers on this very subject. Details to come shortly, or email email@example.com to express your interest.
AEA hosted, yet again, another successful Superbowl party in Melbourne this week. It would have to be one of the best games in Superbowl history. Falcons were leading for majority of the game but the Patriots made a thrilling comeback pushing the final into overtime (the first in 51 years!) with the Patriots bringing home the win. Fans of NFL or not, AEA put on a great day with staff, clients, friends, suppliers and even some locals. The event was held at the Dick Whittington Tavern, where our guests enjoyed delicious American style food and beer, great company and a great atmosphere. The whole team at AEA hopes that guests had a great time in a post Christmas and New Years celebration and thanks everyone for their support in 2016. We look forward to working with you once again this year.
AEA Co-founder and Managing Director, Phil Hitchcock, has made the almighty move to Adelaide. Phil is an EPA/DER appointed/accredited auditor in SA and WA, so his recent move from his old haunt in the Hunter Valley to Adelaide was a no-brainer putting him in the heart of the action, midway between VIC and WA. He has only been in Adelaide for a few months and has already been sought for a number of audits and is certainly helping keep our Adelaide team busy. Phil’s focus there will be to help grow the business in both SA and WA with frequent visits to WA to support our Perth office. Phil is known as a crackerjack, legend and highly respected operator in the environmental auditing world with having completed hundreds of audits across the country. We wish Phil all the very best on this new adventure and hope you settle in nicely!
On behalf of the team at AEA, it has been a pleasure working with you throughout the year. We appreciate our relationship and your support and look forward to our continuing partnership into the coming year. Please stay safe during the holidays and have a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends! Please note that our offices will be closed during the Christmas and New Year period. We will be returning on the 3rd of January. If your matter is urgent please contact 03 8542 7500.