Contaminated site assessment involves a staged process of investigation and risk assessment undertaken by suitably qualified and experienced consultants. EPA Tasmania provides a list of potentially contaminating activities and the property information request service to assist with site history reviews. EPA Tasmania also supports the planning process, which requires sites to be suitable for their intended use, by providing an assessment report review service for planning authorities where a site with a history of contamination is changing to a sensitive use.
Potentially contaminated land means land which could have been contaminated by a potentially contaminating activity (PCA) which is currently occurring or was historically hosted on the land or adjacent land. The potential for contamination to create a risk is dependent on the nature of the chemical substances used in the activity, the reactions and by-products from such substances, the extent and concentrations present on the land and on the nature of the proposed use and development.
Accordingly, it is important to proceed through a staged process of assessment in order to determine the nature and extent of contamination and the associated risks to human health and the environment.
For further information on underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) and the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (UPSS) Regulations 2020 please refer to the Underground Fuel Tanks webpage.