Land Management & Hazardous Materials
Objective - To undertake all reasonable and practical measures to ensure land is managed appropriately and contamination is avoided at Melbourne Airport.
At Melbourne Airport, land management refers to the management of soil and the protection of significant hydrogeological and geological features within and adjacent to the site boundary.
The objective of Melbourne Airport's land management activities is ensure the appropiate management of our 2,400 hectare site, undertaking all reasonable and practical measures to avoid contamination.
Hazardous liquids such as fuels, oils and solvents are used frequently at Melbourne Airport and have the potential to cause contamination. Melbourne Airport has a responsibility to ensure that land is not polluted and that contaminants do not impact surface or ground water. Land management controls and incident management can reduce the potential for soil pollution and transport of contaminants to water courses.
Melbourne Airport undertakes the following contamination minimisation meaures:
- Ensuring that all material brought to the airport site is classified as clean fill and certified by EPA Victoria. All material stored onsite must meet the requirements of the Airport (Environmental Protection) Regulations 1997.
- Responding appropriately and investigation of all cases of potential land contamination. Contaminated soil management guidelines (PDF 37KB).
- Engaging qualified environmental professionals to develop Contamination Management Plans for all contaminated sites at Melbourne Airport and, if required, to undertake remediation and disposal.
- Identify and clearly communicate the location of contaminated land to those undertaking earth excavation or drilling works.
- Soil assessment prior to construction on new developments to identify any contamination issues.
Objective – To ensure that all hazardous products are stored, handled, used and disposed of in compliance with Commonwealth and State requirements.
A number of hazardous materials are used at Melbourne Airport for a variety of operational and construction activities. These materials can have the potential to cause contamination to soil and groundwater if they are not properly managed. Examples of hazardous materials that are found at Melbourne Airport are; solvents, batteries, cleaning chemicals, paints and firefighting foams, hydrocarbons, pesticides. If these are not properly controlled they have the ability to critically damage the environment and human health.
Melbourne Airport has in place the following measures to reduce the risk of potential issues:
- Underground storage tank monitoring procedures which inform the monitoring, storage and use of hazardous materials
- The Melbourne Airport Emergency Plan, which details the standard operating procedures for cleaning up hazardous materials and spills. Airside spill prevention & response policy (PDF 37KB).
- Melbourne Airport’s Environmental Management System procedures, which cover hazardous materials, maintenance around routine works, records and compliance, and fuel storage and handling procedures.
- Operational Environmental Management Plans, which require all Melbourne Airport’s business operators that use hazardous materials to detail their management and conduct annual reviews of hazardous material use, with the goals of reducing reliance on hazardous materials.
- Categorisation of all business operators, based on their potential environmental risk and environmental management history.