29/03/2017 - 11:02

Audit finds minor non-compliance at Roe 8

29/03/2017 - 11:02

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An environmental audit on the cancelled Roe 8 highway extension project has found just one minor area of non-compliance in the implementation of management plans by the project’s proponents.

Audit finds minor non-compliance at Roe 8

An environmental audit on the cancelled Roe 8 highway extension project has found just one minor area of non-compliance in the implementation of management plans by the project’s proponents.

The Environmental Protection Authority said today that the audit on the clearing for the project found Main Roads Western Australia and construction contractors “displayed a high level of commitment and performance” in implementing environmental approval conditions and management plans.

“However, the audit identified one minor area for improvement in regards to the correct signage for dieback and weeds,” the environmental watchdog said.

Office of the EPA general manager Kim Taylor said as the construction environmental management plan (CEMP) was not fully implemented, it has resulted in one action of non-compliance.

“The proponent did not erect signs at mulch stockpiles indicating the weed or dieback status of the mulch and source location of the mulch, a requirement for the CEMP,” he said.

“However, the audit also found that other equally important management actions and procedures to prevent the spread of weeds, disease and pathogens were implemented.

“The audit concluded this minor matter did not result in any observable environmental impacts beyond the scope of the approval.”

Main Roads has until the end of the month to correct the signage issue.

Work on Roe 8 hasn’t progressed since the WA Labor government took office earlier this month, as the party had promised to cancel the project.

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