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Environment Protection Authority

Williamtown independent review

Professor Mark Taylor's report released

On 10 September 2015 the NSW Environment Minister, Mr Mark Speakman, announced an independent review to be conducted by Professor Mark Taylor of Macquarie University, into the EPA's implementation of the Auditor General's recommendations to see whether there was further scope for improvement and to examine the EPA's response to the Williamtown incident.

The terms of reference for the review are:

  • Review the EPA's implementation of the findings of the Auditor General's report of 10 July 2014 into managing contaminated sites;
  • Make any recommendations deemed appropriate regarding the EPA's management of contaminated sites;
  • Provide an interim report with any recommendations deemed appropriate regarding the EPA's past management of the Williamtown RAAF base by 14 December 2015; and
  • Provide an interim report with any recommendations deemed appropriate regarding the EPA's past and future management of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid/perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS/PFOA) contaminated sites, both known and unknown, by 29 April 2016.

The review will conclude with a final report to the Minister for the Environment.

You are invited to submit comments to the independent review by emailing:contamsitesreview@mq.edu.au.

Stage 1 - December 2015 Interim report released

Professor Taylor's December 2015 interim report (PDF 6.4MB).

Stage 2 - April 2016 Interim report released

Professor Taylor's April 2016 Interim report (PDF 1.1MB).

Stage 3 - May 2017 Final report released

Professor Taylor's May 2017 Final report (PDF 9.1MB).

Page last updated: 11 May 2017