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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Pumping stations targeted for green-tape reduction

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Friday, August 03, 2012

    Pumping stations targeted for green-tape reduction

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has announced a new environmental approval process for sewage pumping stations as part of the Queensland government’s plan to reduce green-tape.

    “Following extensive consultation with industry representatives, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has developed a new code of environmental compliance for operators of sewage pumping stations which will save millions in application costs,” Mr Powell said.

    “The water industry has strong concerns about the significant costs and management implications involved in ensuring pumping stations obtain planning and environmental approvals.

    “The new code allows operators of pumping stations with a capacity of greater than 40 kilolitres per hour to operate under set conditions, without having to apply for a development approval for an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).

    “Industry estimates this will save between $20 to $30million in application costs and will significantly reduce assessing and processing times for departmental staff who can then direct more time to the ongoing protection of Queensland’s environment.

    “It is estimated that the new code will apply to over 1000 existing sewage pumping stations and 24 new stations expected to start construction in the next 12 months.”

    Mr Powell said the code will officially come once an amendment is made to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

    “This is one of the first regulatory changes my department will be making to improve environmental legislation and cut green tape,” he said.

    The change is part of the Newman government’s plan to cut green tape by 20 per cent and save taxpayers millions of dollars.

    Overall, it is estimated the Green Tape Bill will save Queensland businesses $11.7 million each year.

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