Last month DWER released its ‘Guideline: Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing’ which sets out DWER’s approach to the interpretation and administration of Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and notably establishes a new approach for prescribed premises with certain containment infrastructure. Read more
2019 is shaping up to be an active year for waste reform in WA. In this post we provide a snapshot of recent reform initiatives. Read more
On 8 July 2019, the Queensland Government released the Energy from Waste Policy Discussion Paper (EFW Discussion Paper) for public consultation. The EFW Discussion Paper outlines the Queensland Government’s proposed approach to developing and implementing energy from waste (EFW) technologies in Queensland as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Broadly, public comment is sought from stakeholders and the general public on the role that EFW should play in Queensland’s approach to waste management and the principles of any EFW framework that should be adopted. Read more
Rehabilitation of mine is increasingly a focus of regulator attention as well as changing community expectations. Read more
The Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships announced on 23 May 2019 that a review of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld) and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld) (the Cultural Heritage Acts) will be undertaken by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP). Read more
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Maryrorough Solar – owners of the Brigalow Solar Farm near Pittsworth in southern Queensland – in regards to its successful challenge of the validity of section 73A of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (Qld) (introduced by the Electrical Safety (Solar Farms) Amendment Regulation 2019 (Qld)).
Last week the WA EPA commenced consultation on the greenhouse gas guidance. Submissions are due by 2 September 2019. Here we provide an overview of the EPA’s policy position and potential implications for industry. Read more
Proponents seeking consent for new projects, or modifications of existing projects, with ‘material’ greenhouse gas emissions across all industries in NSW should carefully assess climate change impacts, particularly if the proposal is not ‘carbon neutral’. On 8 February 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court refused development consent for a new open cut mine near Gloucester, NSW. Read more