The Australian Government has announced a National Remediation Framework and Guidance for contamination assessments and remediation of the environment. The government’s Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has published the guidelines this week, as part of the ongoing commitment to comprehensive and rigorous processes for assessing contamination in order to determine whether a site can be regarded as contaminated.
The NRF will mean a collaborative and harmonised approach for the management and remediation of contaminated land across Australia and New Zealand.
The changes come as criticism has been levelled at the ongoing approach to remediation in Australia, with CRC CARE noting a lack of “jurisdictional and technical consistency in procedures and best practice” has “compromised” the effectiveness of remediation efforts.
The new National Remediation Framework will codify the existing best practise standards and enhance those standards, with the aim of complementing the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure (ASC NEPM), which harmonises contamination assessments.