• Consultation on NES for contaminated soils to ensure regulation is better targeted to risk

    The Ministry for the Environment is seeking public input on proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NESCS). The purpose of the proposed amendments is to provide certainty and clarity to landowners, industry and decision-makers when developing or managing contaminated soil.

    The consultation will close at 5:00 pm Friday 14 October 2016.

     We are keen to ensure any regulatory changes reflect the needs of industry and best practice. This consultation is an opportunity for those with experience in the practical application of the NESCS to offer their input and ensure the regulations are fit-for-purpose.

    The amendments seek to achieve four outcomes:


    • Require a risk-based approach when deciding whether the NESCS applies to a site
    • Remove consent requirements for low-risk activities
    • Increase certainty of the consenting process and target controls more closely to effects
    • Provide options for site-specific management that are appropriate for the risk 


    The consultation document will seek your views on:


    • the potential impacts of the amendments
    • any evidence you have supporting or objecting to the amendments
    • any unintended outcomes of the proposed amendments 


    We are working towards amendments to the NESCS and the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) being in place by mid-2017. 

    A snapshot on the consultation is attached for your information.

    For more information on the proposed amendments and how to have your say please visit the following website http://www.mfe.govt.nz/nescs/proposed-amendments or contact nescs.submissions@mfe.govt.nz

    Ministry for the Environment – Manatu Mo Te Taiao

    PH: 0800 499 700 Website: www.mfe.govt.nz
    23 Kate Sheppard Place, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143