09 July, 2013

Contaminated Land Auditors, Green Tape, ERAs and Waste

Contaminated Land Auditors

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has established the framework for assessing and approving auditor applications. Individuals applying to be a contaminated land auditor can refer to the draft prescribed guideline and draft prescribed code of conduct when completing and submitting the application form.  There are concerns this will make for a lower standard for contaminated site auditors who will find it easier to get their Qld certification.  Due to interstate licensing recognition requirements Qld qualified auditors will be permitted to operated in all other Australian states.

Green Tape Reduction

The Forms and fees finder: environmental authorities is an interactive web tool developed by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to help business and industry understand the requirement for applying for a new environmental authority and managing their existing environmental authorities (for example, amending, amalgamating, transferring and surrendering their environmental authority).
This tool translates the licensing framework for both prescribed environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) and resource activities in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to a question and answer format.

The tool prompts users to select all their ERAs and identifies their application requirements, from the correct application form and annual fee to which environmental considerations should be covered in an application.

Draft eligibility criteria and standard conditions

The Environmental Protection 1994 allows for standard applications for an environmental authority to be made for certain lower-risk activities. A standard application is one where the activity is subject to eligibility criteria and standard conditions. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has prepared 19 sets of draft eligibility criteria and standard conditions for activities such as screening, small sewage treatment plants and meat processing.

The proposed eligibility criteria and standard conditions for the 19 prescribed ERAs have been released for public consultation.

One can use the template and the Consultation information sheet – Draft eligibility criteria and standard conditions for ERAs – Supporting information and making submissions when preparing your submission. Submissions close on 19 August 2013 and can be sent to: Epact.Policy@ehp.qld.gov.au

Waste Management Review

The Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000 expires on 1 September 2013. A review of the regulation has been undertaken and a discussion paper outlining several options is now available for comment.

Submissions close on 22 July 2013. You can email submissions to: Epact.Policy@ehp.qld.gov.au

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