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Contaminated environments discussion paper released

9 Jul 2012

EPA Victoria has released for consultation a discussion paper on key themes
that will be considered as the Authority works towards its development of a
contaminated environments strategy.

EPA’s Acting Director of Strategy and Support Tim Eaton said EPA was focused on
developing a strategy that would address key issues in the contaminated
environments space that EPA could realistically address within its jurisdiction
to 2016.

“This work will encompass EPA’s strategic priority to ‘deal with past
pollution’, a key theme within EPA’s five year plan, as well as issues raised
in the Victorian Auditor General’s Office Report, Managing Contaminated Sites,
released in December 2011,” Mr Eaton said.

“In working towards this strategy, EPA has sought to widely engage with
external stakeholders, capturing their ideas to formulate this discussion paper
and its key themes.

“The paper provides the opportunity for all Victorians to comment on the
direction of EPA’s contaminated environments strategy."

The key themes that have emerged from EPA run workshops held throughout
November - December 2011 and captured in the discussion paper are:

· Roles and responsibilities in the contaminated environments space
· Planning and contaminated environment system integration
· Contaminated environment audit system complexity
· Identification, recording and communication of contaminated environments
· Orphan site management
· Policy and regulation
· Communication and engagement
· Consistency of approach when applying EPA’s statutory tools

EPA will draft a contaminated environments strategy after consideration of
submissions received on this paper. The contaminated environments strategy is
expected to be finalised in late-2012.

“We made a commitment to engage with key stakeholders and the community about
how we can better manage contaminated environments. We have already commenced
this engagement and would like to hear further opinions now that this paper has
been released,” Mr Eaton said.
Comments will be accepted on the discussion paper until 3 August 2012. The
document can be found at www.epa.vic.gov.au

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