Michael Rehfisch and Jason Clay attended the Heads of EPA PFAS Summit held in Melbourne. This summit focussed on the development of a national management plan for PFAS including waste guidance. The experiences and knowledge of international experts will provide valuable input on the regulation of this emerging contaminant in Australia and New Zealand.
Senversa was recently in attendance at the biannual NSW EPA Accredited Auditors’ meeting and the key themes were:
Comments on the draft revised NSW EPA Contaminated Land Management – Guidelines for the NSW Auditor Scheme have closed and all received submissions are being considered.
The draft site audit statement (SAS) format includes provision for determination of an audit under three scenarios.
PFAS continues to be a priority area for action in 2017 and the results of the EPA investigations into potentially impacted sites in NSW are available on the EPA website. The development of PFAS guidance also continues to be a priority and the VIC EPA is hosting a national PFAS summit on 4 April 2017. The summit will bring together international experts and regulators to discuss the regulations of PFAS impacted sites and develop a national management plan.
The ANZECC Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality published in 2000 are being revised. A web platform with up to date amendments is also being developed as part of the revision expected to be published in July 2017.
Our three NSW EPA accredited site auditors can assist with further information on any of these issues.
Senversa is delighted to welcome Melissa Porter as a Principal to the rapidly expanding Sydney team. Melissa adds to our team of NSW EPA Accredited Auditors which includes Jason Clay and Graeme Miller. She brings extensive experience having undertaken over 100 audits since accreditation. Welcome Melissa!
Our Perth and Sydney teams have both moved and settled into new locations at:
Level 17, 140 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Level 5, The Grafton Bond Building, 201 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000.
WA’s Department of Environment Regulation has just released three new guidelines related to contaminated sites auditing.
These documents titled The Western Australian Contaminated Sites Auditor Scheme, Accreditation of Contaminated Sites Auditors and Requirements for Mandatory Auditors’ Reports replace the former Contaminated sites auditors – guidelines for accreditation, conduct and reporting (2009).
Key changes include:
Copies of the guidelines are available on the DER website https://www.der.wa.gov.au/your-environment/contaminated-sites/61-contaminated-sites-guidelines
For further information or to discuss how these guidelines may impact on your business, please contact our three WA accredited Contaminated Sites Auditors on (08) 6557 8881.
From examining the physico-chemical properties of PFAS and quantifying ecological and health risks, to innovative and sustainable gasworks investigations, to conflict resolution in contaminated sites – these have been some of the topics covered by our 2016 EcoForum conference speakers from Senversa.
Behind the scenes, the Senversa delegation has also been heavily involved in making EcoForum a success including presenting at the pre-conference Emerging Contaminants of Concern PFAS Workshop, chairing sessions and reviewing abstract submissions.
The combined Perth team and participant delegation have enjoyed taking part in this biennial gathering of leading professionals and stakeholders in the contaminated land industry.
Following the opening of our Perth office in August 2015, the Senversa WA team has quickly expanded to eight talented staff who service a diverse range of clients in the government, industrial, land development, oil and gas, and mining sectors. To celebrate this milestone, the office held a first birthday celebration with clients recently. The Senversa team and clients had a great night reflecting on the achievements of the last 12 months.
Due to growth, our Melbourne office has relocated! We are now based at Level 6, 15 William St, Melbourne Vic 3000. All email and phone details remain the same.
Senversa welcomes Jeremy Hogben to our rapidly expanding WA team. Jeremy is a WA DER accredited contaminated sites auditor and member of the Contaminated Sites Committee, and following his relocation back to Perth, joins Vanessa Bryant, Jason Clay, Nathan Henderson, Ashton Betti and Claire Stewart as our core senior WA staff. For more information on our growing service capability in WA and/or career opportunities in Perth, please contact Jeremy or Senversa (via our website).
Senversa is thrilled to welcome Steve Brazil as our national QHSE manager. Steve has 25 years’ experience around the provision of a safe working environment for employees and project stakeholders, and demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our OH&S and environmental performance. Welcome Steve!
Senversa continues to expand in Western Australia, with the recent addition of Vanessa Bryant to the team. Vanessa is a local Western Australian Contaminated Sites Auditor and helps in cementing our capability in the WA market. Vanessa, along with Jason Clay and the team in Perth look forward to the next stages of growth and continuing to provide the highest quality service.
Senversa is delighted to announce Jason Clay has joined us as a Senior Principal based in Sydney. Jason has been a contaminated land consultant for over 20 years, coming to Australia from the UK in 2004. He is an EPA accredited contaminated sites auditor in NSW and WA and is especially keen on chlorinated solvents and groundwater remediation.
Following strong demand from our national network of clients, Senversa is delighted to announce we have commenced contaminated land services in NSW, initially with a small team based in the Sydney CBD.
For further information on our team, our services and capabilities, or potential career opportunities, please visit our website at www.senversa.com.au or contact Ian Batterley on 0466 649 294.
Doug Ahearne was recently successful in his application to the Victorian EPA to become an appointed Environmental Auditor for contaminated Land. Doug has been a long term Senversa employee having joined in the year we commenced our operations in 2009. On behalf of all the Senversa team, huge congratulations to Doug on his efforts and on the recognition of his skills.
After an extremely successful twelve months, Senversa’s Adelaide team recently celebrated its one year anniversary.
Graeme Miller and his team continue to build their environmental assessment and auditing project work portfolio in South Australia and have been engaged to complete several high profile projects in Adelaide.
We’ve also had an extremely busy twelve months outside the office with our mixed triathlon team taking out their category award in the corporate triathlon; Dani and Nicola continuing to add valuable contributions to industry organisations (including the Professional Environmental Women’s Association); and Jarrod continuing to feature in the local SANFL competition for Sturt.