EPA Victoria Remedial Notices

Remedial Notices

A Remedial Notice is a written statutory direction that requires (by law) the site owner/occupant/polluter to undertake the works outlined in the notice. The most common Remedial Notices are Pollution Abatement Notices (PAN) and Clean Up Notices (CUN).

A Remedial Notice is issued in draft form, at which time it is important to engage an Environmental Consultant to review the notice requirements and timeframes. The Environmental Consultant may be able to contact EPA Victoria to discuss any reasonable amendments to the notice requirements or timeframes.

Pollution Abatement Notice

A Pollution Abatement Notice (PAN) may be issued by EPA Victoria where they identify contamination or potential risk of contamination due to onsite activities or processes. The requirements of the PAN may include:

  • Cessation of the identified contaminating/potentially contaminating activities.

  • Preparation of a detailed site investigation (DSI) either focused on the area of concern or across the broader site. The preparation of a sampling plan may also be required prior to undertaking the DSI.

Where EPA Victoria believe an urgent response is required and the estimated cost of compliance is less than $50,000, a Minor Works Pollution Abatement Notice (MWPAN) may be issued.

Clean Up Notice

A Clean Up Notice (CUN) may be issued by EPA Victoria to prevent further contamination to the environment. The requirements of the CUN may include:

  • Removal of identified industrial or prescribed industrial waste from a property.

  • Preparation of a detailed site investigation either focused on the area of concern or across the broader site. The preparation of a sampling plan may also be required prior to undertaking the DSI.

  • Undertake clean up of identified contamination.

  • Ongoing management of pollution.

 

Once the requirements of the Pollution Abatement Notice or Clean Up Notice are met, the notice will be revoked by EPA Victoria. Where further investigation or clean up works were recommended in the DSI report for the initial notice, a further notice will be issued with revised requirements and timeframes to address the recommended works.

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