Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government proposes new guidelines to protect from odour and emissions

THE Environment Protection Authority is preparing new guidelines to help developers and planners prevent industrial air emissions from adversely affecting sensitive land uses such as residences, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell announced last week.

"The Draft Separation Distance Guidelines for Air Emissions are available for community and industry stakeholder comment until December 16," Mr Corbell said.

"The draft guidelines provide advice on recommended 'separation distances' for various industrial, commercial and agricultural uses to mitigate potentially offensive emissions to air at the earliest planning and development stages.

"Adequate separation distances are one of the most effective means to reduce potential future conflict between land uses.

"The guidelines are designed to inform the planning process and help industry and developers locate their activities in a way that minimises the impacts of air emissions," the Minister said.

Pollution
Photo: Pollution / by Eric Schmuttenmaer.

Mr Corbell said the guidelines would apply to new industrial activities and redevelopment proposals, but would not be applied retrospectively.

"The guidelines bring the ACT into line with other jurisdictions," Mr Corbell said.

"Industrial and other activities in appropriate zones will be protected from encroachment by residential and other sensitive land uses as well as ensuring the amenity of residents is protected."

The draft Separation Distance Guidelines for Air Emissions are available from the ACT Government's 'Time to Talk' website at <http://www.timetotalk.act.gov.au/>. Submissions are due by 16 December 2014.

Photo: 'Pollution' / Eric Schmuttenmaer / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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