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Don't get caught out on site classifications

5 Apr 2018

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have recently advised that the backlog of Form 1s - which are used to report suspected or contaminated sites under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 is nearing an end. DWER are now focusing on two specific site classifications:

Possibly contaminated investigation required (PCIR)s. Sites classified as PCIR are often viewed by lending institutions as high risk given the exact nature, extent and cost to remediate have not been quantified.

Contaminated remediation required (CRR)s. Sites classified as CRR are required to be remediated to reduce the impact to human and environmental receptors. The selection and implementation of an effective remediation solution is a complex and potentially expensive procedure if required to be completed quickly.

If DWER have classified your property under either of these classifications this can have significant implications in relation to buying or selling your property and you are likely to receive written notification requiring you to complete investigation and/or remediation within a specified timeline.

Understanding the cost and timeline to investigate and remediate your property will allow you to manage this process. Additionally, by acting now Strategen can provide you with a proactive solution to present to DWER, allowing you to manage your site.

Should you wish to discuss any of your project requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of our Contaminated Sites team for guidance and assistance on 9380 3100.