Environmental clean-up costs can now rest with ‘significant’ financial beneficiaries of a project, even where they don’t have site access or an influence over the activities. They can rest with someone who in the past two years has been in a position to influence environmental compliance, and they can climb the corporate tree.
Local Governments are affected directly, where contractor-run projects now may trigger Council liability, and indirectly for example, where Council is at its wits end attempting to enforce an environmental standard at a site.
Local Government environmental health and compliance officers, commercial managers, contract managers and executive officers should be aware of the changes.
This webinar discusses the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) and generates ideas on what Council needs to do to protect themselves from liability and enforce environmental compliance within its area.
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