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Seminars explain the site contamination sign off process in Tasmania

A series of lunchtime seminars across the state explained the site contamination sign-off process in Tasmania.

The site contamination sign-off service is offered by the Contaminated Sites Unit within the EPA Division to assist Tasmanian Planning Authorities with determining if sites proposed for redevelopment and/or rezoning are suitable for their intended use in relation to contamination.

The seminars in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie were presented by Senior Environmental Officer Danielle McPhail, who says they came about after the EPA Division recently issued a revised version of Information Bulletin 112 on the Sign-off Process.

"That bulletin provides guidance to parties, particularly Planning Authorities, on the site sign-off process that relates to site contamination," Danielle said.

"Site contamination sign-off is a written endorsement provided by the Director, EPA that appropriate works and investigations have been undertaken by a suitably qualified and experienced consultant and that it is reasonable to rely on the consultants’ recommendation that the land is suitable for its intended use."

"The sign-off process is triggered by a request to the Director, EPA from a Planning Authority."

"These seminars were designed to complement the issue of the revised bulletin, by providing general advice on the sign-off process to Planning Authorities’ Town Planners and Environmental Health Officers who assess development and rezoning proposals, and any consultancy companies that provide these services to Planning Authorities."

Topics covered in the talks included the definition of sign-off, the triggers for sign-off, the process of sign-off and the relationship between the planning assessment and sign-off processes, as well as information on a number of other services that can be provided by the Contaminated Sites Unit to Planning Authorities.

Danielle said she has been pleased by the turn-out at the lunch-time talks and feedback had been generally positive. She considered these seminars a great opportunity to interact and share experiences with Planning Authorities.

The revised Information Bulletin 112 is available for general view on the EPA Division website: click here for more details