A message from the Acting Chief Executive
Welcome to the last edition of EPA Monitor for 2022. The EPA has been faced with new and ongoing challenges this year, but also opportunities, and our staff have stepped up and addressed these well and with passion.
Landfill PFAS application
Cleanaway has submitted an application to the EPA requesting permission to allow PFAS-contaminated waste to be disposed of at its landfill at Inkerman, north of Adelaide. The EPA is now undertaking community consultation.
EPA regulators and scientists presented at the recent conference of the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT).
EPA issues licence to Thomas Foods International
Thomas Foods International (TFI) has been granted an EPA licence to operate its new abattoir at Pallamana, northwest of Murray Bridge.
Changes to radiation regulation on the way
The South Australian Radiation Protection and Control Regulations 2022 have been gazetted and will commence on 11 February 2023.
New groundwater prohibition area
The EPA will establish a Groundwater Prohibition Area (GPA) for parts of Beverley, Woodville, Woodville South, Woodville West, Woodville Park, West Croydon, Kilkenny, Findon and Seaton.
New EPA guideline for auto recyclers
Dry Creek update
The most recent program of work to remove surface water from a pond at the Dry Creek saltfields ended on 2 November 2022.
The EPA is proposing to extend an existing groundwater prohibition area around the RAAF precinct at Edinburgh.
Changes designed to manage local issues before they become a nuisance
The EPA is seeking feedback on proposed reforms that would help councils deal more effectively with issues that cause local nuisance.
What’s your view on the state of the environment?
The EPA is calling for public input to help shape the next State of the Environment report.
Work to begin at new assessment area
The EPA has established a new assessment area at a small section of northern Hendon after receiving information that chlorinated hydrocarbons had been identified in soil vapour and groundwater.
State Government activity at Dry Creek
Work began in late September to reduce the level of water in a pond at the Dry Creek saltfields.
Big penalties not worth the risk
The EPA has issued a warning to anyone considering setting up a landfill, transfer station or stockpiling waste without approval.
Fine for Old Red Brick Company
Belington Pty Ltd, trading as Old Red Brick Company, has been convicted and fined $24,700 in the Environment, Resources and Development Court for operating an unlicensed waste receiving site.
Record penalty for environmental offences
The operators of two unlicensed waste facilities have been fined $511,000 and ordered to pay a further $680,000 to the Environment Protection Authority.
Marine scientists learning from the past to improve water quality
EPA marine scientists are working with Flinders University researchers to study aquatic ecosystems at Coffin Bay.
An EPA community information session on 8 September 2022 gave the St Kilda community an opportunity to talk to government and Nexif Energy staff about noise from the Snapper Point Power Station.
Recognition for former EPA chief
Outgoing EPA Chief Executive Tony Circelli was awarded a CRC Care Fellowship at the International CleanUp Conference in Adelaide on 13 September 2022.
Modernising SA’s Noise Policy
Consultation on a new noise policy will run until 23 November 2022.
Message from the Chief Executive
I will be leaving the EPA on 16 September to take up the new role of Head of Recycling Victoria.
Modernising Australia’s first container deposit scheme
South Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme will have its first major overhaul since its establishment in the 1970s.
Mount Barker smoke study
The EPA is working with the Mount Barker District Council and residents to assess the effect of wood smoke on air quality at Mount Barker.
New groundwater prohibition area
The EPA is proposing to establish a groundwater prohibition area (GPA) for parts of Beverley and surrounding suburbs due to contamination caused by past industrial activities.
Award-winning council officer
City of West Torrens waste compliance officer Adam Newton has been named Local Nuisance and Litter Control Officer of the Year.