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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6225..


activities and in addition, has other obligations under the Environment Protection Act 1997, such as ensuring that clear water discharge meets the Environment Protection Regulation 2005.

It should be noted that 'sullage' ponds contaminated with hydrocarbons on the site have now been remediated and work is continuing successfully to remediate the material extracted from these ponds. Attention to the remediation of such areas will ensure the continued and long term protection of the environment, the Catchment and the local area.

I am confident that the risk is appropriately managed in accordance with the EA and the Act as set out above, and that the risk of any toxic or hazardous leachate leaving the site is extremely low.

2. Commercial loads of asbestos and soil contaminated with small particles of asbestos are accepted by appointment only at either the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre or the WBRMC. Acceptance of the material is subject to strict environmental and occupational health and safety standards. The measures meet national best practice EPA requirements. The EPA has also approved the Safe Work Method Statements that apply, which detail the management procedures for all environmental, occupation health and safety and public health issues raised by the movement and acceptance of the material.

The contaminated soil accepted into the WBRMC is primarily soil contaminated with bonded asbestos sheet, where asbestos fibres are already contained within cement board and similar board products. The burial of this material in accordance with the EPA and Workcover / WorkSafe requirements ensures minimal or no risk to the creek and to the local area.

Emergency services—waste management—Thursday, 21 October 2010

Mr CORBELL (in reply to a question by Ms Hunter):

I have been advised by TAMS that the material in question is mostly soil, and despite containing low levels of hydrocarbons it poses a very low risk of ignition. The soils are coming from old petrol station sites some of which are in residential areas.

The bioremediation process is approved by the Environment Protection Authority before the process commences and will be undertaken on a specially constructed impermeable earth pad that will include a two metre high bund to contain all materials within the site. Based on this, it was not deemed necessary to seek further advice from Emergency Services Agency.

Children and family services—Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan):

During Question Time yesterday, I was asked a series of questions in relation to the youth and family support services framework. I took on notice a supplementary


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