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ISSUE 60 - MAY 2019
 

 

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2019 Annual Industry Excellence Awards Gala Dinner - nominations or submissions

Soil
- in the news 

  • Victoria Unearthed
  • Phoenix Environmental Group faces ban for stockpiling waste
  • AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro plant in South Australia as replacement for gas
  • Classes cancelled due to possible asbestos risk

Featured Articles

  • The remediation of Tui Mine - what can we learn?
  • Developing on a landfill site: is it worth it?
  • Soil waste management - cracks & loopholes

2019 EcoForum - submit your abstract -
only 2 weeks left

Water
- in the news 

  •  Sea spray spreads PFAS?
  • Transition of regulatory responsibility to council for underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) 
  • Emerging contaminants research starts on World Water Day

Featured Articles

  • Fish fiasco!
  • The ANZ guidelines for fresh & marine water quality - an overview

Environment
- in the news

  • Hyundai Kona - an electric car for the rest of us?
  • Transition of regulatory responsibility to council for underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS)
  • Melbourne factory fire at Campbellfield's Bradbury plant sends smoke over suburbs
  • Industry associations respond to 60 Minutes recycling report
  • Tellus Holdings secures approval for Sandy Ridge project
  • The average person in Europe loses two years of their life due to air pollution

Featured Articles

  • Welcome to the plastiocene – why do we care about microplastics in the environment?
  • Essential updates on ground gas assessment
  • Goulburn Remediation project hosts ALGA members

ALGA Student Grant Goal

Are you looking for a candidate or intern?
 

 

 

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in the news*

 

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Victoria Unearthed is a tool where you can access past and present information about historical businesses, potential land and groundwater contamination, as well as information about contamination management and cleanup activities. The majority of information in Victoria Unearthed isn’t new – it’s mostly existing data from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Victoria Unearthed simply makes it easier for you to access this information.. more

 

Phoenix Environmental Group faces ban for stockpiling waste


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/f00ff6c0-55cf-4c1f-a80b-4f3ebe511f53.jpgReports confirm that the environment watchdog of Australia has banned another recycling company based in Coolaroo, Phoenix Environmental Group in Melbourne’s north, from accepting waste.... more

AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro plant in South Australia as replacement for gas


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/23fefc34-dbba-46ba-8469-4f1d5193d051.pngAGL Energy, the owner of the biggest gas generation fleet in South Australia, has announced plans to build a massive 250MW/2000MWh pumped hydro energy storage project in an old copper mine ... more

 

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Hundreds of students at Geraldton’s Nagle Catholic College were told to stay home today after an audit identified a possible asbestos risk. Parents and caregivers received a text message from the school about 7.40am advising the school would be closed. In a letter emailed to parents this morning, principal Rob Crothers said a pre-planned audit had been carried out yesterday by a licenced professional inspector.. more

 

 

featured articles

 

The remediation of Tui Mine - what can we learn?


The Tui mine is an abandoned mine on the western slopes of Mount Te Aroha in the Kaimai Range of New Zealand.
It was considered to be the most contaminated site in the country, following the cleanup of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site at Mapua, Nelson. Ghassan Basheer, Grant Sheridan & Pauline Clarkin hosted a fascinating tour of the remediation that has been carried out... more

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Stuart Thurlow, Paul Newell & Sharon Clark presented a lively discussion on landfill sites and their viability for re-use.

Landfills represent a viable source of available land for urban infill development which is a key land resource for meeting the projected housing demand under Directions 2031, which provides a strategic medium term planning outlook for Perth... more

 

Soil waste management - cracks & loopholes


Mark Heckenberg and Narelle Sergeant from the ACT EPA led a lively discussion on the current state of play with waste transport & handling, interstate issues and what can be improved in the future. Topics included Illegal Dumping with Narelle discussing the approach to waste transport between ACT and NSW, starting with the 2012 ACT EPA Waste Resource and Funding Initiative.. more

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in the news*

 

Sea spray spreads PFAS?


Oceans have long been considered the final resting place of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs), toxic and persistent pollutants that have been widely used for decades in firefighting foams and other products. New research suggests these chemicals may be less settled in seawater than previously thought. Scientists have investigated the transport of PFAAs from the sea to the atmosphere via sea-spray aerosols formed from breaking waves, but these laboratory studies have struggled to realistically replicate sea spray... more

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Transition of regulatory responsibility to council for underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS)


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/94049b90-441d-42f4-bd74-a07c9a25bccf.jpgOn 1 September 2019, local councils will be responsible for regulating sites with a UPSS in their local areas (mainly service stations). The EPA will retain regulatory responsibility for UPSS... more
 

Emerging contaminants research starts on World Water Day


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/cd6eb2c7-0b9a-4843-a88b-6410f2cb0bd7.jpgThe accumulation of chemicals from consumer products, industrial and domestic waste in the aquatic environment, is a growing environmental issue.. ... more

 

 

featured articles

 

Fish fiasco!


We are two 12 year old aspiring scientists, in Year 7 at PLC Sydney.  We are currently researching microplastics as part of our preparation to enter the University of Sydney, Australian Museum Eureka Prize called “Sleek Geeks”. Last year in the same competition, we placed 2nd in Australia with our movie “Dust Detectives”.  This year, for our Sleek Geeks project, we are investigating whether microplastics, like found in beauty products, can make their way into fish... more

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The ANZ guidelines for fresh & marine water quality - an overview


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Rick Van Dam provided an introduction to the water quality management framework and weight of evidence approach. The purpose of this framework is to draw in all water quality management activities under one framework...more

 

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in the news*

 

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The most exciting part about the electric Kona is its range, courtesy of its 64kWh of battery – which delivers “real world” travel of 450km. On that score alone it is a game-changer – every EV delivered to date with a similar range has been at least twice the price of this one.. more

 

Composting key ingredient to creating sustainable environment


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/f0cb5998-4e39-4607-8134-34f69adc4018.jpegOrganic material plays a crucial role in building a greener, cleaner and sustainable environment for future generations, which is why composting can come in handy.. more

Melbourne factory fire at Campbellfield's Bradbury plant sends smoke over suburbs


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/37c8f770-971f-48b3-a47f-01632f6fb39d.pngThe waste storage business at the centre of an inferno that has spewed thick, "acidy" smoke over Melbourne was holding nearly three times the amount of waste it was permitted . ... more

 

Industry associations respond to
60 Minutes recycling report


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cfb34f0068b19aa1ecef435a6/images/c21f7f41-6f2a-4147-8495-0834a4c629e7.jpgWaste management industry associations have released a statement contesting claims made in the 60 Minutes Sunday night program, Plastic not so fantastic... more
 

Tellus Holdings secures approval for Sandy Ridge project


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The average person in Europe loses two years of their life due to air pollution


The average person living in Europe loses two years of their life to the health effects of breathing polluted air, according to a report published in the European Heart Journal on March 12. The report also estimates about 800,000 people die prematurely in Europe per year due to air pollution.. more

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featured articles

 

Welcome to the plastiocene –
why do we care about microplastics in the environment?


Dr Scott Wilson, Dr Bob Symons & Anna Lundmark gave a riveting presentation on microplastics and their prevelance in our modern environment, also what steps can be taken to reduce their presence in the future.

  • Litter (plastics) are everywhere - it is a Global issue
  • Plastics are still widely produced globally and a vast amount of it is mismanaged
  • A large percentage of the plastic in our environment is so small we can not see it ..more

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Essential updates on ground gas assessment


Steve Wilson &  Geoff Card led the fascinating discussion about ground gas risk assessments, their current application and how things can be improved moving into the future.

It was agreed that:

  • Ground gas risk assessments need to be more than the product of a gas concentration measured at depth in the ground and a borehole flow rate. Often practitioners place too much weight on the gas screening value when determining the characteristic situation, without first establishing the nature and generation potential of the gas...more

 

Goulburn Remediation project hosts ALGA members


A group of some 40 Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) members were afforded the opportunity to visit Jemena’s historic Goulburn gasworks remediation project, just prior to commencing full-scale remediation. 

The gasworks operated between 1879 and 1970, with the historical gasworks related operations and waste disposal activities contaminating soil and groundwater at the site...more

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ALGA Student Grant Goal

With your help, we can do even more. We are looking to make an investment for the future - we have set a goal of $10,000 to put to students who are the industry’s future workforce.

Qualifying students in Australia and New Zealand, will be awarded annual membership, providing massively discounted registration fees to all ALGA events - read more

 

 

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Click here to see current positions available and/or prospective interns.

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