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    This Environmental Alert is the copyright of Workplace Enviro Australia Pty Ltd. Other than for the purposes, and subject to the conditions

    prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968, you may not replicate, forward, copy or otherwise transmit this Environmental Alert to any other party,

    except pursuant to the following terms, without the prior written permission of Workplace Enviro Australia. Paid subscribers of Workplace Enviro

    Australia Pty Ltd who receive this Environmental Alert as part of their subscription may forward or copy this publication within their business or organisation only pursuant to the terms of their subscription. Under no circumstances should this Environmental Alert be distributed or copied to

    any person, or organisation, or any other entity, outside of the subscriber organisation.

    In This Alert...

     Legislative Changes and Proposed Legislative Changes…

    o CTH – Regulation to Specify Proportion of Annual Fishing

    o CTH – Waste Management Regulation to Include Particulars of Proposed

    Export of Hexachlorobenzene

    o VIC – Act to Abolish Victorian Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee

    o WA – Various Changes Made to Land Administration Regulations

     Open for Comment…

     In Other News…

    o CTH – GER Scheme Measurement Technical Guidelines 2015-16 and 2016-17

    o QLD – New Biofuel Exemption Guideline

    o QLD – New Online Service for the Waste Industry

    o NSW – New Amending LEPs and SEPP

    o QLD – Government Developing Atlas of Sites Potentially Contaminated by

    Firefighting Foam

    o VIC – EPA Fines Hardy’s Excavations $15,000 for Sand Extraction Without a

    Licence

    o ACT – New Hydrogen Energy Storage Investment

    o CTH – Proposed CRIS: Cost Recovery for Environmental Assessments

    o NSW – Environmental Consulting Services Pty Ltd Fined for Providing False

    Waste Report

    o NSW – EPA Fines EarthPower Technologies Sydney Pty Ltd $23,000

    o CTH – CCA Final Report for Special Review

    o NT – Draft Northern Territory Contaminated Land Guideline

    o CTH – CER Releases Safeguard Baselines Table

    o CTH – Paris Agreement and Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol Tabled

    o VIC – EPA Publications

    o CTH – New Clean Energy Seed Fund Launched

     In the Courts…

    o Determination of Compensation of $15,324,830 for Compulsory Acquisition

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    Enviro Alert: 35-2016

    14 September 2016

    WORKPLACE ENVIRO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

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    Legislative Changes and Proposed Legislative Changes…

    CTH – Regulation to Specify Proportion of Annual Fishing

    Status: Change – In Effect 3 September

    Relevance: CTH

    Industries: Fishing Industry; Fisheries

    Keywords: Fishing Levy

    The Commonwealth Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Amendment (Fishing

    Levy) Regulation 2016 amends the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1991.

    The purpose of the amending Regulation is to specify the proportion of the annual fishing levy that is the research component, and is therefore to be paid to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, in the 2015-16 financial year. Specifically, the amending

    Regulation makes various amendments to rule 4A (Levies attached to the Corporation – fishing).

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    CTH – Waste Management Regulation to Include Particulars of Proposed

    Export of Hexachlorobenzene

    Status: Change – In Effect 3 September

    Relevance: CTH

    Industries: Conservation; Waste Management

    Keywords: Hazardous Waste – Export and Import

    The Commonwealth Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (the Act) regulates the export, import and transit of hazardous waste to ensure it is managed in an

    environmentally sound manner to minimise harmful effects on humans and the environment.

    The Act implements Australia’s obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of

    Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (the Basel Convention), an international treaty set up to control the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another.

    The Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Export and Imports) Amendment (Hexachlorobenzene) Regulation 2016 amends the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports)

    Regulations 1996 to include the particulars of a proposed export of hexachlorobenzene and other chlorinated waste which is currently stored by Orica Australia Pty Ltd (Orica) in Matraville, New South Wales to Finland for final disposal by HTI on land.

    The Act regulates exports of hazardous waste from Australia to other Parties to the Basel Convention. Finland is a party to the Basel Convention. Orica has elected to export the waste

    to Finland, which has HTI facilities with the capability to destroy hexachlorobenzene. The amending Regulation substitutes new rule 5A (Export particulars – hexachlorobenzene) to

    prescribe export particulars for the purposes of section 18A(2)(a) of the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act (1989) 1990.

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    VIC – Act to Abolish Victorian Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee

    Status: Change – Assented to but Not Yet Commenced

    Relevance: VIC

    Industries: Primary Industries; Agriculture; Local Government

    Keywords: Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee

    The Victorian Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2016 amends the following

    legislation:

     Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992;  Biological Control Act 1986;  Wildlife Act 1975;

     Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986;  Domestic Animals Act 1994;

     Veterinary Practice Act 1997;  Public Administration Act 2004.

    The amending Act abolishes the Victorian Agricultural Chemicals Advisory Committee, and extends the moratorium on the destruction of restricted breed dogs.

    The amending Act provides that licences under Part 3 (Scientific procedures) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986) may be issued for a maximum of four years. It

    also provides for the immediate suspension of the registration of a veterinary practitioner in certain circumstances. It makes various amendments to the Public Administration Act 2004

    and the Wildlife Act 1975 (the Wildlife Act) in relation to the Game Management Authority, including to allow the Game Management Authority to refuse to grant a game licence if the applicant is found guilty of an offence against the Wildlife Act.

    The amending Act makes various amendments to the Biological Control Act 1986 (the

    Biological Control Act) as a result of the Biological Control Amendment Act 2016.

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    WA – Various Changes Made to Land Administration Regulations

    Status: Change – In Effect 7 Sep

    Relevance: WA

    Industries: Land Management; Planning and Development

    Keywords: Land Administration

    The WA Land Administration Amendment Regulations 2016 amend the Land Administration

    Regulations 1998. The amending Regulations insert a new definition for ‘Jolimont land’ in rule 17E(1), and insert

    new rule 17E(3) to provide that the relevant Minister may exercise the power described in section 75(7a) of the Land Administration Act 1997 if the application under section 75(7) of

    the Act is made by the Western Australian Land Authority in respect of Jolimont land.

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    Open for Comment…

    CTH – New IAEA Draft Safety Guide

    ARPANSA coordinates the Member State comment on documents as they are developed and provides feedback on behalf of Australia to the IAEA through Safety Standards Committee

    members. Comments on drafts are requested in relation to:

     Relevance and usefulness – Are the stated objectives appropriate, and are they met by the document?

     Scope and completeness – Is the stated scope appropriate, and is it adequately covered by the document?

     Quality and clarity – Do the requirements/guidance in the document represent the

    current consensus among specialists in the field, and are they expressed clearly and coherently?

    Comments on the draft Safety Guide should be sent to ARPANSA at: StakeholderComments@arpansa.gov.au

    Using the member state comments template by 3 December 2016. Comments should refer to the relevant paragraph number in the document being reviewed, and when appropriate,

    should propose alternative text.

    For the Member State Comments Template, see:

    http://www.arpansa.gov.au/pubs/international/MS_com

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