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An appeal court has held that a council is liable for clean-up costs linked to contamination that occurred before environmental legislation existed.
* More marine park zones to be opened to commercial fishing
* Defence assessing PFAS risk at 18 sites
* Huge increase in Queensland land clearing rates
* Mine rehabilitation inquiry schedules first hearing
* Uranium company announces EPBC approval
* Inpex pays for air monitoring in Darwin
* Tasmania to tighten controls on salmon farming
A review has recommended that the NSW EPA implement a fast-track mechanism to declare sites contaminated if they pose a high and immediate risk.
The owners of a former service station site waited too late to have Caltex held accountable for remediation costs, a court has held.
A company director's deliberate decision to breach a licence condition and ignore EPA clean-up notices has resulted in a major penalty and costs order.
* Target microfibres, not just microbeads, says industry group
* Council demands federal reimbursement for PFAS costs
* SA to quantify benefits of food waste diversion
Unscrupulous companies could skimp on mine closure activities if they know there are industry-wide rehabilitation funds in place as a backstop, BHP has warned.
The federal government has held discussions on PFAS contamination with 'key financial institutions' and is considering land acquisitions.
A new NSW bill spells out how the EPA can use drones to collect evidence and changes laws on waste and contaminated groundwater.