Independent Monitor selected for Kope Canal project
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:00 a.m.
An Independent Monitor has been selected for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation project.
Andrew Kohlrusch is an accredited site auditor in a number of jurisdictions in Australia who has been involved in many reviews of investigations, assessments, monitoring and remediation works. He has extensive knowledge and skills relating to contaminated land and groundwater assessments, and remediation, geology and soil science.
Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience in assessing and remediating contaminated sites. He was appointed an EPA-accredited site auditor in NSW and Western Australia in 2004 and 2010 respectively. He has helped many clients develop remedial strategies and has prepared dozens of action plans that have incorporated risk assessment and in situ and ex situ treatments.
“We are delighted to have Andrew on board,” project manager Brendon Love says. “He brings a high level of expertise and experience to the role and we have every confidence he will serve the needs of the community in fulfilling the role.”
The Independent Monitor’s role is to provide a review of the project’s implementation that is independent of BOPRC’s function as consent authority and consent holder. Andrew will give independent advice to the project, assure the community that public health is protected and that work is carried out according to mitigation measures outlined in the Remedial Action plan, and ensure early identification of any additional risks and issues that may arise during works.
Andrew will make monthly reports to the Community Liaison Group (CLG) that include progress updates, monitoring results and any issues encountered during the project. He will also report regularly to the consent holder and the consent authority on the findings of all monitoring activities carried out. He will be present at the inaugural CLG meeting on June 3.
Andrew was selected as the preferred candidate from a large number of submissions received following evaluation by a five-strong selection panel. The panel comprised representatives from the community, Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service, the consent authority, the Ministry for the Environment and the consent holder.