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MARCH 2019 ISSUE

 
ISSUE 58 - MARCH 2019
 
EcoForum 2019 - Call For Abstracts Released

Soil
in the news
  • Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link
  • Rs 5,000 Crore (Approx. $50 Million) Set Aside to Remediate Dump Yards in India
  • Christchurch Meth Tenants to Pay Landlords
  • NSW Court Rules Against Mine
Bridging the Gap: R&D to Industry Application

Featured Article - Tellus Holding’s First Mover Advantage

Water

in the news
  • MDBA Releases Fish Death Interim Report
Hume Coal, Berrima Rail Projects Grilled at Independent Planning Commission Public Hearing

Environment
in the news
  • Planning NSW Compliance 
  • Qld Recycling Report Calls for Urgent Action
  • Australian Paper complete feasibility study for EfW project
  • Sydney WestConnex work disturbs asbestos
PFAS NEMP 2.0 - Consultation on Draft of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

Wastes, Sediments and Contaminated Soils - Preparation of Leachates - Zero Headspace Procedure


Industry Training & Education Position Paper - updated

Poke The Bear
 
in the news*
Drilling Underway To Shape Airport Link

Soil testing to help inform the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail Link has begun as preliminary planning works ramp up... more


Rs 5,000 Crore (Approx. $50 Million) Set Aside to Remediate Dump Yards in India


Solid waste management (SWM) projects to reclaim and remediation Perungudi and Kodungaiyur dump yards, and construct waste-to-energy.. more

 

 

Christchurch Meth Tenants to Pay Landlords

A Christchurch tenant who made off with a stained glass window and smoked methamphetamine in her flat has been ordered to pay almost $12,000 to her landlord.... more
 

NSW Court Rules Against Mine

The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has upheld a State Government ban on the Rocky Hill open cut coal mine in the Hunter Valley... more

 

featured article
Bridging the Gap: R&D to Industry Application

There is currently a big gap between academia and industry. It’s important for us to bridge this gap to drive the development of best technologies and methods, and improve outcomes for consultants and their clients.
 
Academia is all about trial and error, but for industry, the choice of technologies and processes is driven by ‘outcomes’ and ‘money’, which often leaves consultants and clients ignoring innovation in favour of ‘safe options’.
 
Newer, less well known technologies – such as XFR – have many benefits allowing for efficiency, dynamic and rapid decision making and lower costs. While these technologies may not be as well tested, they can provide many benefits, particularly for in-situ field investigations and remediation planning... more
 

Tellus Holding’s First Mover Advantage


Tellus Holdings Managing Director Duncan van der Merwe outlines the company’s plans for Australia’s first commercial geological hazardous waste repository. Gaining a first-mover advantage on a novel Australian commercial waste facility is no easy task. Entering an untapped market often means exploring new environmental and compliance controls...more.
 

 
in the news*

MDBA Releases Fish Death Interim Report


 

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released its interim report into the mass fish kills over the summer, finding that climate change was likely one of the major contributing factors to the three mass deaths.

The report follows an investigation by a team from the Australian Academy of Sciences, which concluded that ongoing inaction by the NSW state government threatens the viability of the entire ecosystem.

Chair of the expert panel, ANU Professor Craig Moritz FAA, said the sight of millions of dead fish from the three fish kills was a wake-up call.

“To me, it was like the coral bleaching event for the mainland,” Professor Moritz said. ... more

featured article
Hume Coal, Berrima Rail Projects Grilled at Independent Planning Commission Public Hearing

 

Plans for a new coal mine in the New South Wales Southern Highlands have received a roasting at a public hearing organised by the state's Independent Planning Commission (IPC).

The 40-plus speakers that lined up for the two-day hearing in Moss Vale read like a who's who of community, environmental, and even local business groups, ready to reject the claimed benefits of the mine. The Hume Coal Project and associated Berrima Rail Project are facing additional scrutiny due to ... more

in the news*

Planning NSW Compliance 


Australian Sustainable Business Group has flagged increasing creep of Department of Planning and Environment’s encroachment into day-to-day operational issues... more


Queensland Recycling Report
Calls for Urgent Action


Waste generation has topped 10 million tonnes in Queensland for the first time, with a new report calling for urgent action on the ailing system.... more

 

Australian Paper Complete feasibility Study for EfW Project

According to a report on ABC News, Australian Paper said it will proceed with its plan to use kerbside rubbish to help power its Maryvale paper mill after completing the project’s feasibility study. ... more

Sydney WestConnex Work Disturbs Asbestos


Residents in Sydney's inner west fear they may have inhaled the asbestos found at a WestConnex construction site after workers started demolition for the M4-M5 link... more

featured article
PFAS NEMP 2.0 - Consultation on Draft of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was published in February 2018 following agreement by all Australian Environment Ministers. The Heads of EPAs (HEPA) National Chemicals Working Group (NCWG) has been working since to clarify and expand on the guidance in the NEMP.

This updating work is consistent with the commitment by HEPA that the NEMP will be a living document. A comprehensive review of the PFAS NEMP will be undertaken in 2023.
.. more
National Remediation Framework Review

The National Remediation Framework (NRF) is a lengthy document, and covers many topics that are relevant to the remediation of contaminated land and groundwater. In considering the matters raised in the document, it can be appreciated that the matter is complex, and many considerations apply. Overall, the approach outlined in the document is to provide general guidance on the overall process and matters to be considered. The guidance is not prescriptive, and is more in the nature of outlining the process to be adopted and the considerations rather than providing particular endpoints that must be achieved. This allows a flexible approach to the problem... more
 
Wastes, Sediments & Contaminated soils - Preparation of Leachates - Zero Headspace Procedure
Draft Number: AS 4439.2
Title: Wastes, sediments and contaminated soils - Preparation of leachates - Zero headspace procedure
Project Committee: CH-035 Examination Of Wastes
Public Comment Closing Date: 02/05/2019 23:59


You can view the draft and any incoming comments here after entering your Standards Hub login details. 

All comments are to be submitted on the Standards Hub. Follow the link above, login and select the “New Comment” button. 

If you have any queries regarding the submission of comments, please download the draft here or use the template here to forward to Dr Symons here.
 
 
Industry Training & Education Position Paper - updated

The Contaminated Land Industry in Australia & New Zealand is diverse and consists of contaminated land consultants, remediation and earthworks contractors, researchers and academia as well as local, state and/or federal regulators, legal practitioners and other service industry people.  ALGA is uniquely positioned within the industry to provide training and education as its members represent each industry sector either as individual members and/or corporate partners.

ALGA has identified a need for further education and training beyond what is currently offered.  In the first instance, this training need is to be ... more

 
Our first Poke The Bear for 2019

Stakeholders want to know that the money they’re spending to address environmental contamination is necessary and of course well spent.

However, what if no clear framework exists to determine the success of a remediation project?.. more
 
Are you looking for a
candidate or intern?

ALGA can help!

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

We have also published a Student handbook for prospective candidates.

 

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*“In the News” articles are sourced from the media with the intent to highlight to our industry how the media, and possibly the community, see and deal with the issues we manage on a daily basis. Readers are asked to undertake their own further reading and research to confirm the veracity of the articles as presented

 

During 2019 the CRONICLE will transition to a web based monthly report. Still read by industry professionals directly involved in the remediation industry, it will focus on providing topical and succinct news stories, industry authored articles, member insights and ALGA interest group analysis. Our 14,000 strong audience will be sent a CRONICLE alert reminder each month.

We invite you to support your industry by contributing to the CRONICLE. Your submission adds value to ALGA as well as increasing visibility for the company you represent. Contributions that are topical, succinct, encourage the expression and interchange of ideas, provide opinions, and share knowledge to encourage advancement in the prevention, assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater are invited. We also recommend, if possible, that you include eye catching images / photos.

The CRONICLE will be produced monthly via our website. Those supporting the land and groundwater remediation industry will be alerted to an updated edition via an email each month. There is a single banner advertising opportunity for $750 + GST per monthly edition. The banner ad will be displayed in the email alert to our database as well as on the CRONICLE webpage for the duration of the month. 2019 partners of ALGA are entitled to a discounted rate, please contact the office for more information.

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