The EPA’s role in managing contaminated land in the Hunter Region
April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The presentation will give an overview of the EPA’s regulatory role and discuss some of the key challenges and successes in managing legacy contamination in an area with a significant industrial legacy liked the Hunter Region. Sites discussed will include the former Pasminco smelter at Lake Macquarie, Williamtown PFAS contamination, and Gasworks remediation sites in Newcastle.
Presented by Adam Gilligan, EPA
Adam Gilligan is the Director Regulatory Operations for the Regulatory Operations Metropolitan division at the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Adam joined local government in 1996 as an Environment Protection Officer, before leading a number of regulatory teams. From 2009, Adam was Compliance Services Manager at Newcastle City Council, responsible for environment protection, environmental health, food surveillance, development compliance, fire safety, rangers and parking regulation.
Adam joined the EPA in 2014 as Manager, Hunter Region and was Regional Director North from 2016 to 2020. Adam led a number of environmental regulatory activities in the Hunter, including the Dust Stop Mine Program, the EPA’s response to lead contamination in North Lake Macquarie, and the Williamtown Contamination issue.
Adam’s interest in regulatory reform has seen him present on the topic at AELERT seminars and several public inquiries. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Newcastle) and a Masters in Leadership and Management (Policing) from Charles Sturt University.