Environmental management plans
The operators of new facilities are required to provide risk-based evidence that the facility and its operations will adhere to environmental regulations. This is often done within an Environmental Management Plan (EMP), with different requirements and regulations for these plans in every state and territory in Australia. Murrang Earth Sciences has used environmental regulations within Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory to provide plans that combine a thorough understanding of environmental regulations with detailed knowledge of the technical processes, environment, potential hazards from facilities, and best practice management of these hazards.
Using science and regulation to get waste recycled
Murrang Earth Sciences helps to clear the path of regulatory roadblocks for waste recovery businesses. Staff at Murrang Earth Sciences recently undertook a regulatory review for a business that wanted to recover and reuse waste. The review determined that there were some inconsistencies between the legislation and on-ground management of the waste. Murrang Earth Sciences worked with the regulator and client to develop a proposal to demonstrate these inconsistencies. Our client is now working with the regulator to enact changes that will enable more consistent and improved approaches for waste recovery and reuse in their jurisdiction.
Independent evaluation of new agricultural technology
There's typically a lot of hype around new agricultural technologies and what they can potentially do to enhance farm productivity, while reducing environmental impact. But can these technologies really perform? Murrang Earth Sciences evaluated a new type of precision agriculture technology for its ability to measure soil characteristics on behalf of a precision agriculture company. Using our skills and knowledge in analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, and agriculture, and with no commercial incentive to arrive at any particular conclusion, we provided our client with independent technical advice; thus enabling our client to understand the limitations and opportunities for using this exciting new technology.
Critical analysis of biosolid science for reducing pollution
What are the potential impacts of reusing biosolids or composts on agricultural land? Murrang Earth Sciences addressed this question in literature reviews undertaken for a government client. We conducted a thorough desktop review of available literature on biosolids, composts and the ecotoxicology of potential contaminants of concern. Our review provided key information which enabled our client to make evidence-based decisions. Despite working under tight time and resource constraints, we delivered these reviews on time and within budget. We received positive feedback on the quality of our work and the transparency of our communications.
Organic waste application to land: every soil and waste is unique
Murrang Earth Sciences has considerable experience in waste and organic amendment application to soil. We know that every soil and every waste is unique, and that you have to tailor solutions to the situation. We have worked with farmers in dairying regions in Victoria and NSW to understand the effects of repeated application of dairy effluent to land and the benefits and management of on-farm compost application. We have also worked on biochar application for revegetation on a range of crop and pasture soils, including highly saline and sodic soils. Rates of application and associated benefits were different for all soils and land management practices. Murrang Earth Scienes also worked on understanding the contamination of inputs and outputs of waste processing, and identifying appropriate regulatory and management controls for each unique case.