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Four Coffey site assessment and remediation employees were among the first certified contaminated land consultants with Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA).

On July 1, Michael Dunbavan, David Lam, Jeremy Richardson and Tony Scott were listed on the SCPA national directory of certified consultants.

This certification coincides with the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority’s (NSW EPA) announcement of their recognition of the SCPA and EIANZ Contaminated Land Assessment Specialist Certified Environmental Practitioner (EIANZ CLA Specialist CEnvP) schemes (EPA Consultants and the site auditor scheme).  

Coffey General Manager Environments NSW/ACT/SA, Lawrence Smith, explained the relevance to the property and transport infrastructure industries.

“With space at a premium in our major cities we’re seeing a spike in brownfield development,” he said.

“These contaminated sites present management and remediation challenges – requiring expert advice to meet appropriate environmental planning requirements and site usage standards.

There’s been growing regulatory and client support for certification schemes that ensure consultants meet these requirements.”

These certifications are the first step in a move to require all reports submitted to the EPA to comply with the requirements of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 to be prepared, or reviewed and approved by a certified SCPA or EIANZ CLA Specialist CEnvP practitioner. Environment Protection Authority Tasmania announced similar requirements earlier in the year.

“Our people are at the forefront of the industry – our clients can be confident that the advice they receive is cutting edge, and that we’re across the latest developments in the regulatory environment,” said Lawrence.