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The new Queensland code of environmental compliance for sewage pump stations—ERA 63(3) is now in effect.

The update was originally announced in August, with Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell saying “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 $30 million 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 amended code can be found here.

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