Site Contamination

Changes to EPA Site Contamination Frameworks and Policy Document

In December 2022, the Environment Protection Authority updated the following site contamination frameworks and policy document:

  • Site contamination – Regulatory framework
  • Site contamination – Orphaned site contamination management framework
  • Site contamination policy – Certification of practitioners

The site contamination frameworks supersede the Regulatory and Orphan Site Management Framework (2017). The frameworks distinguish between the regulation of site contamination for which a responsible party is identified, and where no responsible person is evident (orphan site contamination).[1]

The Certification of Practitioners policy is intended to create certainty in the quality and reliability of reports and documents submitted to government, planning authorities, land-owners and those who have liability for site contamination. Section 6 of the policy document outlines the expectations for the mandatory or recommended use of certified professionals. Expectations of the use of certified professionals will remain unchanged for existing voluntary proposal/orders until the requirements of that voluntary proposal/order have been fulfilled.[2]

You can learn more about the EPA frameworks here and the policy document here.

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[1] South Australian Environment Protection Authority 2022, Site contamination – Regulatory framework (SC Regulatory framework); South Australian Environment Protection Authority 2022, Site contamination – Orphaned site contamination management framework (OSCM Framework).

[2] South Australian Environment Protection Authority 2022, Site contamination policy: certification of practitioners (2022).