CleanRun roadside emissions monitoring
The Department of Environment Regulation's CleanRun program is operating a remote sensing device (RSD) to monitor the emissions of Perth vehicles in Cottesloe, Sorrento, Wangara and Wembley across several days in October and November.
The RSD is used to determine vehicle fleet trends over time, determine average fleet emissions, detect high emitting vehicles and raise awareness of vehicle emissions among drivers.
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.
Bio-Organics Pty Ltd issued with investigation notice
On Thursday 2 October 2014, the Department of Environment Regulation served Bio-Organics Pty Ltd with an investigation notice under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (CS Act). The notice requires the company to take certain measures, including engaging an accredited site auditor, carrying out a sampling and analysis program, engaging in community consultation, and reporting its progress to the Department, to ensure that the nature and extent of contamination at the site can be determined and, where appropriate, remediated.
Investigation notices are subject to appeal. Subject to the CS Act, if appealed, the requirements of such a notice are suspended, subject to any written decision of the Contaminated Sites Committee to the contrary.
The CS Act makes provision for members of the public to obtain further details of the contaminated site investigation by requesting a basic or detailed summary of records from the Department. Fees apply for these summaries.
Feedback on draft DER guidance statement: Regulating the use of waste derived materials
Submissions from the consultation seeking feedback on the draft DER guidance statement: Regulating the use of waste derived materials are now available.
DER apologises for any inconvenience.