Water pollution: an illustrative case study from NSW

In NSW, ‘a person who pollutes any waters is guilty of an offence’[1]. Water pollution is broadly defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1993 (NSW) (POEO Act). As a result, defendants who are charged with water pollution offences generally plead guilty. In these circumstances, the Court is only required to consider relevant…

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…