In January 2012, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) released draft guidelines (EPA Guidelines) which set out the requirements for holders of environment protection licences (Licensees) to publish pollution monitoring data.
The aim is to assist Licensees to publicly report monitoring results clearly and efficiently, while minimising the requirements for Licensees to comply with this obligation under section 66(6) of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) (POEO Act).
Invitations for public comments closed on 24 February 2012.
Section 66(6) of the POEO Act requires:
A Licensee who supplies information which is false or misleading in a material respect is liable to a penalty of $1,000,000 for a corporation or $250,000 for an individual.
The requirement to publish monitoring data commences on 31 March 2012. However, Licensees have until 1 July 2012 to comply.
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