Best wishes for the festive season!
As this is the last EPA Monitor for 2013, I would like to wish you and your family a happy festive season and take this opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements in the past 12 months.
Annual Report 2012–13 available online
The EPA and Radiation Protection Annual Report 2012–13 is now on the website.
Successful conviction for illegal asbestos disposal
The EPA has successfully prosecuted a local building contractor who, without permission, disposed of a significant quantity of asbestos in a bin at the north eastern suburbs premises of a well-known retail automotive dealership. The defendant was captured on CCTV at the time.
Waterloo Wind Farm study released
The EPA has released the Waterloo Wind Farm Environmental Noise Study.
EPA Board visits Tonsley redevelopment
This year the EPA Board focused on enhancing stakeholder relationships and engaging the community by holding a number of Board and community meetings throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.
Subscribe to EPA beach alerts
Real time information on when it is not safe to swim in Adelaide coastal beach waters are available on the EPA website.
Better regulation, enforcement and networks
On 13–14 November, EPA CE Prof. Campbell Gemmell was invited to the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference in Brussels, run jointly with the Government of Flanders, to deliver a keynote speech on better regulation and the role of knowledge exchange and collaborating in developing and delivering best practice.
Driving better regulatory practice together
This year’s Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT) Conference themed Driving Better Regulatory Practice Together in Melbourne on 13–14 November, brought together a collaboration of environmental regulators from all levels of government across Australia and New Zealand to discuss better regulatory practices to support effective and efficient protection and improvement of the environment.
Corporate Plan 2013–14 released
The EPA has released its annual Corporate Plan 2013–14 that identifies priority areas for the year ahead.
Monitoring and managing nearshore marine waters
The EPA has been monitoring the nearshore waters throughout the State to assess their condition and is now reporting this information in report cards called Aquatic Ecosystem Condition Reports (AECR).
Wingfield audits underway
Following on from a recent fire at the Wingfield Waste and Recycling Precinct, the EPA with the MFS has commenced a joint audit of EPA Licensed sites in this precinct.
Since the release of the Adelaide Coastal Water Quality Improvement Plan (ACWQIP) and the nearshore marine Aquatic Ecosystem Condition Reports (AECRs), the EPA has been focusing on engaging key stakeholders and coastal communities to discuss coast and marine water quality issues and management strategies.
Operation Playford targets illegal dumping
Operation Playford, conducted by the EPA Illegal Dumping Unit (IDU) throughout October, recently targeted seven sites on the Northern Adelaide Plains that had been identified as potential illegal dumping sites.
Talking robust regulation with industry
The Australian Industry Group (AiGroup), a peak industry association in Australia, recently held a workshop with EPA’s Chief Executive Dr Campbell Gemmell presenting to a group of industry representatives on the EPA’s role and regulatory approach, complexities involved in robust regulation, as well as harms issues and working with industry.
Asbestos Awareness Week 25-29 November
The EPA has been working with SafeWork SA at a number of events throughout the year to help raise awareness about asbestos in the home. Both organisations are committed to helping prevent exposure to asbestos fibres and therefore decreasing disease and death.
Le Fevre 2 Air Quality Monitoring Site launch
The EPA has expanded its air quality monitoring network with the opening of a second site on the Le Fevre Peninsula.
@SA_EPA joins the Twitter conversation!
As part of the EPA's commitment to better engage with communities, we have now entered the social media space, starting with a Twitter account @SA_EPA.
Reducing red tape for the tuna industry
Regulation of the southern bluefin tuna industry is being streamlined under the Change@SA 90 day project 'Reducing red tape for the tuna industry' government initiative.
New focus on increasing regional presence
On 24–25 September 2013, the EPA visited Clare as part of our commitment to enhancing stakeholder engagement and increasing our presence in regional communities.
Reforms to licensing of desalination
Operators of desalination plants, a range of industry associations and other stakeholders have been informed that significant reforms to licensing requirements regarding desalination under the Environment Protection Act 1993 will commence on 30 November 2013.
OUT NOW: 2013 State of the Environment Report
The EPA has released the 2013 South Australia State of the Environment Report.
Radiation Bill public consultation
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has undertaken a review of the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.
New landfill bans and recycling options
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 has progressively banned various wastes from direct disposal to landfill to ensure a better system of recovery, reuse and recycling. Fines of up to $30,000 can be applied for breaches of bans.
Funding approved for ACWQIP implementation
Illegal Dumping Unit cracking down on landowners
Landowners and the community are being reminded they are responsible for property clean up costs of illegally dumped waste, potentially costing many thousands of dollars.