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.
Opal Vale Salt Valley Road works approval application
The public are invited to comment on the works approval application: Opal Vale Salt Valley Road Class II Landfill as advertised in the West Australian public notices on Monday 2 February 2015.
Feedback sought on draft Guidance Statement: Land use planning
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s draft guidance statement on land use planning. As DER’s core statutory roles and functions under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 often intersect with the land use planning functions of state and local government, it is important that the extent of DER’s roles and responsibilities in relation to land use planning is clearly understood.
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.
Feedback sought on draft Guidance Statement: Setting Conditions
Feedback is sought on the Department of Environment Regulation’s draft guidance statement on setting conditions. The guidance statement builds on DER’s high level principles of good regulatory practice by providing greater detail on how DER will determine conditions on works approvals and licences.
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.