Reviewing the Contaminated Sites Act 2003
The statutory review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 is complete. The Environment Minister tabled a report on the review in Parliament on February 24 2015.
See the Minister's media statement.
Assessment bilateral agreement commenced
The Commonwealth and Western Australian Assessment Bilateral Agreement now includes the clearing permit assessment process under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and commenced on 1 January 2015.
The Department of Environment Regulation has updated its information and application forms to assist applicants and more information is available at www.der.wa.gov.au/nvp.
Publication of material guidelines
The Department of Environment Regulation's final material guidelines for construction products and clean fill were published on 2 January 2015. These seek to encourage the use of waste-derived materials in circumstances where their use does not cause an unacceptable risk to the environment, to divert waste from landfill and reduce the demand for raw materials and fossil fuels.
Licence duration guidance statement
The Department of Environment Regulation’s Licence duration guidance statement provides guidance on the duration of licences issued under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The guidance statement supports licences being granted for up to 20 years.
The Commonwealth and Western Australia sign the Assessment Bilateral Agreement
The Commonwealth of Australia and Western Australia have entered into a bilateral agreement under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwth) (EPBC Act) relating to environmental assessment (assessment bilateral agreement). Specifically, the bilateral agreement covers the clearing permit assessment processes under Part V Division 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act), among others.
The assessment bilateral agreement allows the State to conduct environmental assessments on behalf of the Commonwealth, removing duplication including the need for a separate Commonwealth assessment.
The assessment bilateral agreement will commence on 1 January, 2015.