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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1133..

4. (a) Periodic monitoring took place during the remediation of the site.

(b) Ground water extraction and monitoring occurred in the early stages following a report in May 1997 of water seepage from the site, which appeared to have hydrocarbon sheen. Caltex organised for the installation of an extraction well for the excess water to be removed. The seepage was through the concrete slabs to the side of the site and not the rear retaining wall. Environment ACT is not been directly aware of any incidents of seepage through the retaining wall at the rear of the site.

5. The department will not be taking any action to recover costs. The clean up involved the removal of a few bricks to make the footpath safe. No damage was done to the footpath.

6. (a) and (b). A new lease commenced on 5 January 2000 which allows the lessee to construct up to eight residential units on the site. The lease also requires the lessee to commence that development within 12 months and to complete it within 24 months of the commencement date of the lease.

A precedent condition in the approval for the unit development is that the soil on the site be remediated to a standard suitable for residential redevelopment. This condition has not yet been met.

8. (a) Caltex has been requested to formalise an application for an extension of time for both the conditions of the development approval and the development covenants of the lease. It is expected that an extension would be granted to cover the time necessary to complete the remediation of the site and for a reasonable construction time.

8. (a) A proposal has been considered by PALM; and

(b) An approval was granted on 20 May 1999 to erect 8 residential townhouses subject to conditions which included the remediation and independent audit of the site to the satisfaction of Environment ACT to ensure its suitability for residential use.

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