Presenter:  James Court, BP Oil

Presentation title:  Working towards establishing clear controls for discharges from contaminated land

Working towards establishing clear controls for discharges from contaminated land     We now have a National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (Contaminated NES) at the time of disturbance, subdivision and landuse. However, specific controls on discharges from contaminated land are largely either absent or inadequate.    This regulatory situation provides little or no direction as to when discharge consent would be required, and if required, when it may no longer be needed. It also poses additional barriers to what is already a costly and complex activity.     I will describe the existing regulatory situation for discharges from contaminated and the barriers it creates to those trying to manage and remediate land.      I will also present the work of the Oil Industry Environmental Working Group toward developing and advocating for a set of model discharge rules to address these barriers. These model rules would increase certainty as to when discharge consent is required through applying pragmatic contaminant thresholds and compliance boundaries that are also sufficiently protective of both human health and the environment.

Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2013

Date: Thursday 24 October 2013