Developing the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health

This page outlines the sequence of events in the development of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NESCS).

Timeline of events 

Year   

What happened Publication links
2005 Regional councils' and territorial authorities' functions in sections 30 and 31 of the Resource Management Act are changed, introducing new requirements for managing contaminated land. Resource Management Act 1991 [New Zealand legislation website]
2007 A review by the Ministry finds that the process for dealing with contaminated land across the country varies between local authorities.  
February - April 2010

Public consultation on the proposed NESCS. 

Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil: Discussion Document
May 2011 Cost-benefit analysis of the proposed NESCS.  Cost-benefit Analysis of the Proposed NES for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health
May 2011 Analysis of policy options to ensure that land affected by contaminants in soil is appropriately identified and assessed at the time of being developed and if necessary remediated, or the contaminants contained, to make the land safe for human use. Regulatory Impact Statement – Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health
May 2011 Cabinet paper seeking Cabinet agreement to the policy proposal and for the regulation drafting process to begin. Cabinet paper: A Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health
June 2011 Technical references in support of the proposed NESCS.

Toxicological Intake Values for Priority Contaminants in Soil

 

Methodology for deriving standards for contaminants in soil to protect human health

September 2011 Evaluation of the proposed NESCS under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act. Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health: Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act
January 2012 The NESCS comes into effect on 1 January 2012

Resource Management (National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health) Regulations 2011 [New Zealand Legislation website].

July 2013

Resource Management Act Survey of Local Authorities 2012/13 shows local authorities are not implementing the NESCS consistently. Resource Management Act: Two-yearly survey of local authorities 2012/13
July 2014 - August 2015 An interim review is conducted to understand how the NESCS is working in practice.  Interim review of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health: Summary report
September 2016 - October 2016 Consultation held on proposed amendments to the NESCS which are based on the findings from the completed interim review.

Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health

 

Reviewed:
05/09/16