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For current information about the Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM see:
NOTE: public consultation on the ASC NEPM is now closed.
The Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM is the premier guidance document in Australia for the assessment of site contamination. It addresses a complex area that is particularly subject to new developments in scientific knowledge and technology, as recognised during the original development of the NEPM.
With the high cost of assessment and remediation, it was recognised by NEPC that new scientific and technical information needed to be incorporated into the NEPM. This would serve to minimise overly conservative investigation levels and provide clarification on the site investigation process, and ultimately minimise unnecessary remediation.
In June 2007, NEPC initiated the variation to the Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM. Since that time, the project team has developed a draft varied Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM (including revised schedules) that address the review recommendations endorsed by NEPC in 2006.
The major changes included in the draft varied Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM are:
The draft varied Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM also incorporates improved guidance on:
From Tuesday, 12 October 2010 - Tuesday 26 October 2010, public consultation meetings were held in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth.
A review of the NEPM commenced in 2004. In June 2007, NEPC agreed to initiate a process to vary the NEPM based on recommendations made in the NEPM review.
The proposed variation will ensure that the NEPM remains the premier document for the assessment of site contamination in Australia by drawing on the latest methodologies for assessing human and ecological risk from site contamination, and updating guidance on site assessment methods in line with technological changes in Australia and overseas.