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Waste transport investigation opens

An independent investigation into the cross-border transport of waste to Queensland landfills is open for public submissions.

Retired Supreme Court Judge, The Honourable Peter Lyons QC, will lead the investigation following a roundtable last month chaired by the Premier and Environment Minister, Steven Miles.

Miles said the three-month investigation would help ensure Queenslanders can have confidence in the waste transport industry.

“I encourage all transport, waste and recycling facility operators in New South Wales and South East Queensland to provide written submissions to this investigation,” Miles said.

“The investigation will look at the incentives for movement of waste from other states, and how to prevent this from happening.

“It will also consider whether there’s a need for regulatory reform – and examine the role of other states and the Commonwealth.

“While this is not a regulatory or criminal investigation, it is expected that any unlawful activity it uncovers will be referred to the appropriate Queensland or interstate authorities.”

An interim report will be provided to the Government by 18 October 2017, with a final report due by 17 November 2017.

The closing date for submissions is 26 September 2017.

Details on how to make a submission are available from the investigation’s website.

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