Watch out for new environmental enforcement laws

The Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 12 August, proposes to strengthen NSW environmental enforcement laws, and introduces the concept of ‘restorative justice’ into environmental enforcement. ‘Restorative justice’ is described in the second reading speech for the Bill as a process that: “brings together both an offender…

Environmental performance will impact licence fees

The  Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Licensing Fees) Regulation 2014 (Licensing Fees Regulation) will progressively take effect from FY14/15, so that from FY16/17 administrative fees for environment protection licences (EPLs) under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) will rise or fall in each reporting period – based on the…