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61 Activity involving acid sulfate soil

(1) This section applies to the administering authority for making an environmental management decision relating to an activity that involves, or may involve, disturbance of acid sulfate soil.

(2) The administering authority must consider--

(a) 'State Planning Policy 2/02--Planning and Managing Development Involving Acid Sulfate Soils' (SPP 2/02); and
(b) the guideline for SPP 2/02 (the guideline).
The guideline states that it may be used as a source of general advice on investigation and management of acid sulfate soils for situations outside the scope of SPP 2/02.
Editor's note--
On the day this regulation was notified, SPP 2/02 and the guideline were available on the website of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning at .

(3) The administering authority must also consider whether to impose conditions about the following matters--

(a) minimising the generation of contaminated water;
(b) treating acid sulfate soils;
(c) treating or disposing of leachate and run-off;
(d) managing the fluctuations in the watertable;
(e) maintaining minimum levels of cover over any buried acid sulfate soils.

(4) In this section--

acid sulfate soil means actual acid sulfate soil or potential acid sulfate soil.

actual acid sulfate soil means soil or sediment containing highly acidic soil horizons or layers affected by the oxidation of iron sulfides.

disturbance, of acid sulfate soil, means disturbance of the soil by--

(a) excavating or removing the soil; or
(b) exposing the soil to air; or
(c) changing the level of groundwater.

potential acid sulfate soil means soil or sediment containing iron sulfides or other sulfidic material that has not been exposed to air and oxidised.

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