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- NEPM Archive - Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM
Contaminated land has become an increasingly important environmental, health, economic and planning issue in Australia over the past few years. With changing community standards and the redevelopment of former industrial and agricultural land, there is increasing recognition of the problems associated with contaminated sites. The environmental implications of chemically contaminated land have now become a worldwide issue and in response many countries, including Australia, have developed a range of approaches to deal with the associated problems.
In 1992, in an effort to overcome this situation, the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) jointly developed Guidelines for the Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sites. The Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM, made in 1999, replaces the assessment component of this guideline.
- Guideline for Assessment of On-site Containment of Contaminated Soil (PDF - 3.61MB)
- Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sites (PDF - 4.21MB) - January 1992
Workshop Papers - Proceedings of the Fifth National Workshop on the Assessment of Site Contamination
The Fifth National Workshop on the Assessment of Site Contamination was held in Adelaide in May 2002 and the proceedings of that workshop are available for free download below. The workshop was sponsored by enHealth Council, Environment Australia the National Environment Protection Council and the Environment Protection and Heritage Council and was organised by NEPC Service Corporation.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
provide a forum for the discussion of protocols and policies for the risk assessment and management of contaminated land help the development of a consistent approach to the risk assessment and management of contaminated land across Australia encourage the interchange of state of the art information and ideas, and establish the basis for soil criteria for a range of substances and landuse scenarios.
Much valuable information was presented at the Fifth Workshop and publication of the proceedings is intended to make the information more widely available.
The papers in these Proceedings do not represent the views of the Health Council, Environment Australia, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council, the National Environment Protection Council nor the employing organisations of the authors and will not necessarily be incorporated into future policy. Some papers have been published as presented without significant editorial revision. Some papers have been modified to reflect comment provided during and after the Workshop.
The complex processes for the assessment and management of contaminated land are evolving rapidly. Any comments on the papers in this document may be provided to the NEPC Service Corporation.
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- Workshop Paper: 00 Cover Contents - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 01 - Benzene, Benzene Poisoning and Lymphohaemopoietic Malignancy - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 02 - A Health Guideline Value for benzene in contaminated soil - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 03 - Modelling the Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 04 - Modelling the Migration of VOCs from Soils to Dwelling Interiors - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 05 - Establishing Health-based Investigation Levels for benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylenes, naphthalene, and aromatic and aliphatic <:EC16 TPH fractions - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 06-07 - Ecological Considerations in Setting Soil Criteria for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (<C15) and Naphthalene - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 08 - Assessment of Underground Storage Systems - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 09 - Analytical Methods for the Determination of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil - Jan 2003 1
- Workshop Paper: 10 - Uptake of Copper (Cu), Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Arsenic (As) and Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) by Vegetables Grown in Urban Environments - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 11 - Bioavailability of metals and arsenic at contaminated sites from cattle dips, mined land and naturally occurring mineralisation origins - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 12 - Estimation of Human Availability of Arsenic in Contaminated Soils - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 13 - Health-Based Investigation Level for Chlorpyrifos - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 13a - Health-Based Investigation Level for Bifenthrin in Soil - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 14 - Health-Based Investigation Level for Imidacloprid in Soil - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 15 - Health-Based Investigation Level for Endosulfan in Soil - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 16 - Assessment of Aberrant Levels - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 17 - Heavy Metal Phytotoxicity in Soils - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 18 - Asbestos - Recent Developments and Implications for Health Policy - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 19 - A Review of the Ecotoxicity of Mixtures, Approaches to, and Recommendations for, their Management - Jan 2003
- Workshop Paper: 20 - Use of Toxic Equivalency Factors to establish health-based soil criteria for dioxins - Jan 2003