Environment Protection Licences issued in New South Wales under Section 55 of the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) are pretty technical
and complicated for companies with limited
environmental engineering expertise.
Quite often, these companies just pay the prescribed licence fee and submit an annual Statement of Compliance that is not fully substantiated.
Such a practice may be very costly, as a breach of licence requirement may result in the maximum penalty of:
- in the case of a corporation - $250,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence,
a further penalty of $120,000 for each day the offence continues, or
- in the case of an individual - $120,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence,
a further penalty of $60,000 for each day the offence continues.
If you have any problems with handling your Environment Protection Licence, let Pollution Control Consultancy and Design (PCCD) to manage it for you..
Our comprehensive management of NSW Environment Protection Licences includes:
- explanation of complex (difficult to understand) parts of your licence in simple terms;
- independent verification of compliance with:
- generic licence conditions, which require that you maintain and
operate all your
plant and equipment "in a proper and efficient manner";
- your site-specific licence conditions;
- design and implementation of pollution reduction programs (PRP) to achieve compliance with
licence conditions that you currently breach, if any;
- examination of your licence conditions in terms of their practicality, and negotiation with the EPA
to vary all unachievable and/or unreasonable conditions; and
- analysis of your licence load-based fee, if any, to:
- ensure that your fee is not excessive, and
- minimize the cost of your licence.
It is common and quite wise that compliance with an EPA licence is verified at least once by external experts (experienced environmental consultants).