Why Do I Need an Environmental Site Assessment?
The requirement to undertake an environmental/contamination site assessment may be driven by one or more factors including:
- Pro-active owners/custodians may wish to assess the suitability of their site for a proposed use or to assess whether current or past site activities may have impacted the site.
- Site owners/custodians may wish to establish benchmarks prior to lease/sale of land by which to assess any potential impacts
from future site activities .
- Local Council may require assessment of the suitability of a site for any proposed development as part of the development application (DA) and planning process under the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act and State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 55.
- The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) may require assessment of the site under Part 10 (Offenses) of the Contaminated Land Management (CLM) Act for any site they suspect may have reason to be significantly contaminated.
- Environmental protection notices issued by regulatory authorities (Local Council, EPA) under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act may also act as a driver for site assessment.
- Implications or requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) and Review of Environmental Factors (REF).