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EPA order Greenland to clean up contaminated site in Leichhardt

Media release: 26 May 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has ordered Greenland George Street Development Pty Ltd (Greenland) to clean up the former Kolotex site in Leichhardt, Sydney, after the company failed to follow a voluntary proposal to deal with contamination.

Greenland is developing the property into an apartment complex. The site was formerly an industrial complex and is regulated by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Contaminated Land Management Act.

EPA Manager Contaminated Sites Niall Johnston said that on 29 January 2016, the EPA had approved a voluntary management proposal from Greenland about how they would manage contamination at the site.

“The EPA approved the plan on the basis that Greenland would carry it out, however Greenland have failed to carry out the terms of the proposal,” Mr Johnston said.

“Greenland’s non-compliances include commencing remediation works without an approved plan. They also failed to submit reports on time to the EPA and some reports not at all.”

The EPA is now withdrawing its approval of the voluntary proposal.

“The EPA believes it is in the public interest that the land is managed through a management order which allows the EPA to legally enforce every element of the remediation plan to ensure that the site is remediated properly.

“The EPA will closely monitor Greenland’s remediation of the Leichhardt site. If the order is not being followed we will consider if further regulatory action is required,” Mr Johnston said.

The order requires Greenland to remediate the contamination at the site and provide monthly updates to the EPA on the progress of the works.

The EPA believes that the land is contaminated with a range of contaminants including chlorinated solvents.

Management Orders are just one of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. Others include: Clean Up Notices, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policyhttp://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

Contact: EPA Public Affairs Unit

Page last updated: 26 May 2016