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					         ACT ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY

INFORMATION SHEET No.1—CONTAMINATED SITES
DECOMMISSIONING, ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT OF SITES CONTAINING ABOVE
GROUND OR UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE TANKS

The Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sites
(ANZECC/NHMRC, June 1992) and the ACT EPA 2000, Contaminated Sites Environment Protection
Policy (CS EPP), list service stations, oil production, and oil storage as specific industries and land uses
which have been associated with site contamination. The exact level of contamination associated with
any land use will depend on the standard of management practised at that site. All sites known to have
had above ground or underground fuel storage tanks are considered to be potentially contaminated.

There are specific requirements relating to the assessment, validation and audit of service station sites in
the ACT detailed in Practice Note No. 1—Contaminated Sites, and other fuel storage sites Practice Note
No. 2 – Contaminated Sites, which can be obtained by contacting Environment Protection on 132281.

There are three agencies within the ACT Government principally involved when decommissioning fuel
storage facilities in the ACT:

-    ACT Planning & Land Authority (ACTPLA), which is the ACT's planning authority.
    Under the Land (Planning & Environment) Act 1991 the removal of fuel tanks constitutes
    ‘development’ and development approval is required. Further information can be obtained by
    contacting the Applications Secretariat at ACTPLA on (02) 6207 1687.
    (Note: Building approval is also required. This is also administered by Building Electrical and Plumbing Control, which
    is part of ACTPLA)

-   ACT Workcover
    ACT Workcover administer the Dangerous Goods Act and must approve the method of
    abandonment. Further information can be obtained by contacting ACT Workcover on (02) 6207
    6353.

-    Environment Protection, Environment Protection and Heritage the agency for the ACT
    Environment Protection Authority (ACT EPA) who administers the Environment Protection Act
    1997 which contains the contaminated land provisions. Where these types of facilities are to be
    decommissioned, the immediate site must be assessed, remediated and in some cases independently
    audited in accordance with the following legislation and guidelines endorsed for use in the ACT by
    the ACT EPA:
           Assessment of Site Contamination, National Environment Protection Measure
           (NEPM), December 1999;
           Environment ACT, Contaminated Sites Environment Protection Policy (EPP),
           November 2000;
           NSW EPA 1994, Guidelines for Assessing Service Station Sites; and
           NSW EPA 1997, Guidelines for Consultants Reporting on Contaminated Sites.

       (This is not an exhaustive list, for more details of guidelines endorsed for use in the ACT by the ACT EPA
       refer to the ACT EPA 2000, Contaminated Site EPP.)

The Contaminated Sites EPP can be obtained by contacting Canberra Connect on 132281 or found on our
web site at http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/12999/contaminatedsitesepp.pdf

The assessment of contaminated sites is a specialist field and suitably qualified environmental consultants
should be engaged to undertake the assessment component of the works.

The procedures for the proposed works must be clearly detailed in the Development Application
submitted to ACTPLA. Clear working drawing must be submitted which detail the location and size of
the tanks and associated facilities (i.e. vent pipes, lines and bowers) within the site and any soil stockpile
and landfarm areas. The application must also clearly detail the environmental controls (i.e. sediment &
erosion, leachate/dust/ noise/odour) and occupational health and safety procedures for the works.

There are specific requirement relating to the disposal of contaminated soil detailed in
Practice Note No. 3—Contaminated Sites, which can be obtained by contacting Environment Protection
on 132281.

The consultant/contractor(s) conducting the works must obtain all necessary approvals and endorsements
from the relevant ACT Government agencies prior to works commencing.

Should you wish to discuss the above please contact Canberra Connect on 132281,
facsimile (02) 6207 6084 or email: mark.heckenberg@act.gov.au




 For more Information contact the Environment Protection Authority by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
 Website: www.environment.act.gov.au

				
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