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The Environment Protection Act 1993 was amended in 2007 in relation to site contamination to include provisions which assign responsibility for site contamination, establish a statutory audit system for South Australia and give the EPA powers to deal with site contamination.
This legislation forms part of a set of measures to ensure that site contamination is adequately managed in South Australia. These measures comprise:
- the Environment Protection Act 1993
- the Environment Protection Regulations 2009
- a series of supporting publications including codes of practice, guidelines and information sheets
- amendment to regulations under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994.
For more detail see the Site contamination legislation page in this section.
Regulations pertaining to site contamination are covered in Part 5 of the Environment Protection Regulations 2009. These regulations support the Environment Protection Act 1993 with provisions for the site contamination audit system and the listing of potentially contaminating activities.
The schedules to the regulations also provide the templates for use by auditors, such as notifications by auditors to the EPA when commencing or terminating an audit.
How we advise you of site contamination
Please click here for our public communication statement on site contamination.
The EPA provides advice and guidance to ensure that site contamination is recognised, considered and addressed for all new developments throughout South Australia. Guidance on key site contamination issues is provided in the following pages.
The EPA undertakes a number of activities in the management of site contamination issues:
- meeting jurisdictional responsibilities under the NEPM, and contributing to its review
- providing advice on planning and development issues
- working cooperatively with the Department of Health
- providing advice through the Land Titles Office.
- establishing and maintaining a Public Register.
The EPA, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Ageing (DHA), and other relevant government departments, will become directly involved where site contamination may be identified, as necessary.
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