CRC CARE's initiative offers land owners, occupiers
and developers an opportunity to help shape the national framework
for remediating contaminated sites.
It has long been recognized that Australia has no standalone
legislation at a national level that deals specifically with the
remediation (as opposed to investigation) of site contamination.
This means that there is no nationally consistent approach to
dealing with this major environmental issue.
In 2012, the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), an
independent organisation comprising representatives from government
and industry, began a project to develop a national framework for
remediation and management of contaminated sites.
CRC CARE expects to complete the National Framework by 2016.
Once complete, the National Framework will:
establish a nationally consistent approach to remediation of
complement the National Environment Protection (Assessment of
Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (NEPM);
provide procedural guidance to people managing contaminated
encourage each State and Territory to meet minimum clean-up
inform government, industry and the public on issues associated
with site contamination,
impinge on the policy and decision-making prerogatives of the
States and Territories; or
be legally binding.
The National Framework will include guidelines on developing
remediation plans, clean-up methodology, the protection of workers,
and post-remediation site monitoring.
CRC CARE is currently seeking public feedback on two
As the growth of Australian cities continues to drive the
redevelopment of former industrial lands and urban infilling,
remediation of site contamination will continue to be an important
environmental, health, and planning issue. CRC CARE's
initiative offers land owners, occupiers and developers an
opportunity to help shape the National Framework. While the
Framework will not be legally binding, it will clearly influence
standards and policy approaches across the country particularly if
it is designed to complement the NEPM.
The deadline for providing submissions in relation to the two
reports is Friday 14 November 2014.
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