The EMM contaminated land team believe that protecting human health and the environment is equally important. We also appreciate that project outcomes need to align for community, regulators and our clients, under what can be a complex regulatory framework. That’s why we’re driven to deliver outcomes that best meet the needs of both our clients and the planet. We specialise in environmental site assessments, waste classification, soil and groundwater remediation.

We take a collaborative approach to our project delivery by partnering with industry experts and technology providers in specific fields to deliver specialised contaminated land specific monitoring solutions for our clients. We also endeavour to stay informed on emerging contaminants of concern to our clients, such as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which currently represents a commercial and operational risk.

Our team strives to provides cost efficient land assessment for a range of environmental management needs including assessment of potentially contaminated soil, groundwater and ground gas. We constantly strive for innovation  and are always looking for a new and better way.

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Preliminary site investigations (PSI)

Review of historical and current uses of a side and the surrounding land uses.

Preparation for a preliminary conceptual site model to identify any pollutant linkages (source-receptor-pathways).

Site walkover to identify any areas of potential contamination including transformers, interceptor traps, drains, furnaces, underground storage tanks, above ground fuel storage.

Detailed site assessments (DSI)

The drilling of soil bores and installation of monitoring wells and subsequent sampling and analysis.

Soil vapour bore construction, sampling and analysis, integrity testing.

Contaminated land management approvals

Approvals strategies covering National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) 2013, SEPP55, the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act, the Protection of the Environmental Operations (POEO) Act, the Contaminated Land Management (CLM) Act and the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals (EHC) Act and particularly where these overlap;

Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) for planning approvals for remediation projects;

Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) and Remediation Action Plans (RAPs) for remediation projects, including those required as conditions of consent for planning approvals.

Waste classification & project management

Assessment of soil either by in-situ soil sampling or stockpile sampling for off-site disposal purposes.

Review of site history to identify which contaminants require analysis to determine the disposal category (Fill, Category A, B or C contaminated soil).

Leachability testing.

Preparation of waste classification letters.

Offsite soil disposal solutions.

Preparation of Health, Safety and Environmental Management Plans (HSE Plans) and Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP).

Soil & groundwater remediation

Evaluation of available remediation technologies to determine the most viable technology applicable for each individual site based on technical, financial and logistical considerations.

Preparation of Remediation Action Plans (RAP).

Assistance in designing, constructing and implementing a range of soil and groundwater remediation technologies including bio-remediation systems, ex-situ chemical oxidation and dual phase extraction plus more.


Victoria Buchanan
National Technical Leader, Contaminated Land
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Nick Travers
Division Leader, Land