Tuesday, 5 June 2018

New Council Funding For PFAS Contamination

BY HOLLIE HUGHES and SANZIANA TIMIS

Hunter Council's with land contaminated by PFAS are encouraged to apply for grants and support allocated by the Regional Capacity Building Program.

The program is providing $1.4 Million in funding and ten officers from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) shared between council's with land contaminated by PFAS.

The funding and support aims to assist in securing community welfare through the development of contaminated land policies and workshops for council staff to better identify and manage contaminated sites.

Parlimentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald says, "the program will provide added expertise to help council's manage contamination and safeguard community wellbeing."

Additionally, through this program the EPA will work closely with local council's to manage the handover of responsibilites for Underground Petroleum Storage Systems.

Scot MacDonald says the program will provide,"expertise to manage a very complex process of contaminated land."

Applications for the Building Program grants are now open to regional organisations of councils or groups of three or more regional councils.

The New South Wales EPA is offerring all eligible applicants up to ten hours of assistance to develop their application.

Council's can apply for the Regional Capacity Building Program through the EPA website with applications closing July 17th.


Image sourced: http://www.enviropacific.com.au/enviropacific-waste-services-manage-nsw-epa-levy-increase/

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