The EPA initiated a series of pro-active programs which are intended to prevent operational premises from becoming future contaminated sites. Preventative programs to date have focused on service stations, marina sites, dry-cleaning and timber treatment premises.
The preventative approaches program seeks to reduce the number of contaminated sites in the long term by providing information to these industries about best environmental management practices. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has worked cooperatively with stakeholders such as industry representative bodies and local councils to ensure guidance materials are appropriate for these industries.
Petroleum storage sites
The underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) regulation aims to ensure that petroleum storage sites adopt best practice for the design, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring of UPSS.
Best practice measures to prevent contamination at marina sites are identified in the brochure, prevention of contamination on marina sites (marina.pdf; 414 KB), including an auditing tool to assist owners and operators to improve environmental practices.
The managing dry cleaning waste brochure (drycleaning.pdf; 724 KB) provides best practice measures for the storage, handling and disposal of dry cleaning solvents and other wastes.
Car wrecking premises
The EPA audited a number of car wrecking (dismantling) sites in 2014 and tools are being developed to assist land owners and operators to improve environmental practices in order to prevent soil and groundwater contamination at operating car wrecking premises.
The EPA prepares strategic environmental compliance and performance review reports on priority industries and activities. The reviews assess compliance with legislative requirements and outline best practice measures to encourage improved environmental performance. Reports include:
- preventing contaminated sites
- Environmental Compliance Report - Liquid Chemical Storage, Handling and Spill Management
- Environmental Compliance Report - Wood Preservation Industry
Page last updated: 21 August 2015