The below article from 22 October 2014 has been provided by Herbert Smith Freehills.
The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Qld) (EPOLA Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 28 August 2014, and proposes to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act) and the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (Qld) (WRR Act) to:
- significantly restructure the contaminated land framework,
- expand the existing duty to notify environmental harm,
- establish a new framework for the beneficial re-use of waste products,
- clarify that prescribed environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) may be included on environmental authorities (EAs) for resource activities,
- introduce enforceable undertakings as a form of administrative action, and
- increase the maximum penalty for a range of offences.
The EPOLA Bill proposes to significantly streamline and restructure the contaminated land provisions of the EP Act. Chapter 7, Part 8 of the EP Act, which deals with contaminated land, is to be completely repealed and replaced.
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