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Geo-Logix Queensland Office

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Expertise in managing contaminated land

land contamination qld

Get clarity on the new EHP regulations

Geo-Logix Queensland Office has Suitably-Qualified Persons (SQPs) and an EHP-accredited Auditor, with extensive experience in land contamination matters, who can provide expert advice and guidance on Queensland’s new contaminated land regulations and help ensure you meet your statutory obligations.
Call Geo-Logix Queensland for expert advice!
Ph: (07) 3012 6670

Geo-Logix Director, David Gregory, is an EHP-approved land contamination auditor and is able to provide the following services:

  • Auditor certification of contaminated land investigation documents verifying they meet the regulatory content requirements
  • Expert advice on the regulatory standards that must be met in relation to contaminated land assessment, management or remediation
  • Liaison with consultants, landowners and developers, to clarify requirements, expedite assessment processes, and promote better outcomes.

David is supported by a team of environmental scientists and geotechnical engineers for land contamination/geotech assessments, remediation and validation projects.

Queensland Contaminated Land Reforms

On 30 September 2015, Queensland’s contaminated land reforms came into force. Geo-Logix are experts in the field of land contamination and environmental engineering and can provide advice and clarity on the new laws.
Implications for Property Developers

If you’re planning to purchase land, or develop land for a more sensitive use, assessing the suitability of the site forms part of the due diligence process. Under the new regulations a Suitably-Qualified Person (SQP) must undertake the investigations and an approved auditor must certifiy any resulting statutory contaminated land investigation documents submitted to the EHP, including:

  • Site investigation reports
  • Validation reports
  • Draft site management plans
  • Amended site management plans

Geo-Logix has SQPs who can undertake contamination assessments and prepare remediation strategies for new developments and changed land use.

Implications for Landowners

Landowners seeking to have sites removed from the Environmental Management Register (EMR) or Contaminated Land Register (CLR) must engage a suitably qualified person to undertake a study of the site and prepare contaminated land investigation documents. The owner must also engage an auditor to certify the documents.

Site Suitability Statement: An approved auditor can issue a compliance permit for material change of use (MCU) confirming the site is suitable for a particular use, with or without a site management plan. The approved auditor will also assess the site management plan to ensure the objectives, methods, and measures are appropriate to the contamination and the proposed specified land use.

New Notification Obligations

Owners, occupiers and auditors must notify the EHP if they are aware that land is contaminated by a hazardous contaminant or it is reasonably likely to be contaminated by a hazardous contaminant. Failure to do so can carry hefty fines, up to $58,900.

Contaminated Land Reforms: Key Points

Mandatory Auditor Certification: Any contaminated land investigation document provided to the EHP on or after 30 September 2015 must be certified by an approved auditor.

Suitably Qualified Persons: Suitably qualified persons who are engaged to assess land contamination and prepare contaminated land investigation documents must have the documents auditor-certified.

Duty to Notify: Owners, occupiers and auditors must notify the EHP if they are aware that land is contaminated by a hazardous contaminant* or it is reasonably likely to be contaminated by a hazardous contaminant*. Once notified, the EHP will consider listing the site on the EMR, or CLR, for its records. The penalty for failure to notify is up to $58,900.

It should be noted that listing a site on the EMR or CLR does not mean there is a health risk or that the site requires remediation. It is simply for EHP records.

Employee's Duty to Notify OwnerIf you are not an owner or occupier but become aware of land being contaminated you must notify the owner or occupier.

What constitutes “reasonably likely”?
  • If a notifiable activity has occurred on the land
  • If there is soil, soil gas or groundwater contamination on the land above the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for the land use standards, or
  • If there is evidence of contamination like odours, discolouration, discharge, stressed vegetation, animal deaths, chemical spills or asbestos.
*What is a hazardous containment? A hazardous contaminant is a contaminant, other than an item of explosive ordnance, that if improperly treated, stored or disposed of, is likely to cause serious or material environmental harm because of its quantity, concentration, toxic effects, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, mutagenicity, corrosiveness, explosiveness, radioactivity or flammability; or its physical, chemical or infectious characteristics.
The above information is offered as general information only. Speak to a Geo-Logix consultant for expert guidance on the new regulations.