Nine tips for developers to consider to help minimise liability and manage unknowns: Choosing the right consultant and auditor can “make or break” your project. If you get an audit quote for as little as $10k, expect variations. This can blow-out, so make sure you carefully evaluate the scope of the audit that has been costed. Audit the auditor. If an audit has been triggered, ask for similar case studies from the auditor and examples of where they have assisted the client and provided timely pragmatic advice. Be prepared if your design plans have to change to suit environmental requirements. Site investigations and results may take a while; the sooner you start testing the more the likelihood to meet your project timeline. Don’t delay the inevitable. Engage the auditor before you start site assessments to avoid unnecessary re-testing. Choose an auditor who has a good working relationship with the consultant as this will reduce time and interaction issues between them. Factor in a contingency cost for unforeseen environmental issues. A “just in case” fund. Don’t get stuck in the “it won’t affect me” bubble. We have seen this many times. It’s smart to conduct due diligence before purchasing the site, no matter what.
All states, territories and the Australian Government have collaborated to develop a PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) version 2.0. The final PFAS NEMP 2.0 was agreed by Heads of EPAs in October 2019. The PFAS NEMP 2.0 is now being implemented in the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions. AEA has several in-house specialists with a history in reviewing and auditing sites affected by PFAS. Please contact us for case studies and to find out how we can help you. Read more information and access the PFAS NEMP here.
BREAKING NEWS: Commencement of the new Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 has been postponed until 1 July 2021. Read the details here.
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!