As the year draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank Monitor readers—our many stakeholders, licensees, partners, members of the community and colleagues—for your ongoing support and interest in the work of the EPA over the last 12 months.
On the national stage
In early December the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT) Forum met in Canberra to share and exchange knowledge with 70 leading environmental regulatory practitioners from all jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand.
EPA online annual report
The EPA’s 2013–14 Annual Report is now available as a new user friendly online (HTML) version, making it easier to access and find information of interest.
Site contamination update
Earlier this month the EPA released the test results for groundwater contamination and soil vapour intrusion in the Clovelly Park-Mitchell Park investigation area.
Updating the Radiation Protection and Control Act
In late 2013 the EPA undertook public consultation on the draft Radiation Protection and Control Bill to update the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.
A new green future for Kimberly-Clark in SA’s South East
It was a landmark occasion for the South East when Kimberly-Clark Australia’s (KCA) Millicent Mill ended its 50-year indenture and transitioned to an environmental licence under the Environment Protection Act last month.
EPA tours South East industry and development
While in the South East last month, Chief Executive Tony Circelli and Executive Director Operations Andrew Wood also visited the Mount Gambier Railway land development, Mayura Cattle Feedlot, Timberlink Tarpeena timber mill and SA Water sites.
AELERT Secretariat moves to Adelaide
The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators NeTwork (AELERT) Secretariat has now formally relocated to Adelaide, hosted within the EPA.
Site contamination auditors’ forum
The EPA’s recent Site Contamination Auditors Session were held earlier this month.
West coast water quality monitoring
The EPA’s marine biologists recently travelled to the west coast to collect monitoring data for the region’s first set of nearshore marine Aquatic Ecosystem Condition Reports (AECRs).
EPA focus for 2014–15
The Corporate Plan 2014–15 sets out 5 focus areas for the EPA's work.
Managing SA’s legacy contamination
Groundwater and site contamination have been at the forefront of the EPA’s work over recent months
Radiation emergency response
The EPA’s Radiation Protection section now has its own dedicated Emergency Response Team (ERT).
EPA waste reform showcased at ENVIRO’14
The EPA recently joined leaders of the Australian environment industry, business and policy makers at the ENVIRO’14 conference held in Adelaide.
Updating Schedule 1
The activities and wastes of environmental significance that require an EPA licence are listed in Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 (EP Act).
Tony Circelli appointed to lead EPA
Chief Executive Tony Circelli, appointed on 19 May 2014 intends to continue the EPA’s focus to further strenghten its regulatory function and build on the organisation’s strong scientific foundation.
Focusing on more sustainable outcomes
The annual EPA Round-table Conference themed ‘EPA Summit 2014: Changing Economy, Changing Environment’ was held at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Auditorium on 20 May.
New expertise for Radiation Protection Committee
The EPA welcomed five new radiation experts to its Radiation Protection Committee (RPC).
Engaging with the mining and community groups
As part of the Board’s ongoing commitment to enhancing stakeholder relationships and genuine engagement and part of the Board’s work program for the year, Presiding Member Mia Handshin and Board Members recently held two group discussions with representatives from the mining sector and from the environment and the community sectors.
Air monitoring station set up in Adelaide CBD
A new air monitoring station in Adelaide’s Central Business District (CBD) will give people access to up-to-date information about air quality in the area.
Adelaide hosts World Aquaculture Conference 2014
For the first time since 1999, Australia played host to the annual World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 (WAA14) held from 7–11 June at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
River Murray vessels compliance audit
Last month, water quality senior compliance officers undertook a vessel audit in the Renmark region to identify vessels that do not comply with the greywater requirements under the Code of Practice for Vessel and Facility Management (marine and inland waters).
Australia-wide National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) 2012–13 dataset released
New data on Australia’s pollution is now available on the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) website.
National Estuaries Network meeting
The National Estuaries Network (NEN) Science Symposium was held at the EPA on 22 May, for more than 40 representatives from across Australia.
EPA Chief steps down
Professor Campbell Gemmell will be leaving the EPA next month to return to Scotland for family reasons.