Environment Protection Authority (NSW)

Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Offices

Newcastle


Business Summary
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment. We encourage businesses to make sure their activities do not harm the environment and human health by: issuing environment protection licences requiring strict operating conditions and pollution reduction programs monitoring compliance with licence conditions and investigating pollution reports ordering the clean-up of pollution imposing fines or prosecuting organisations and individuals who break the law. We also: respond to and manage pollution incidents involving hazardous materials (in collaboration with other government agencies) develop and inform environmental programs and policy deliver education and awareness programs support activities that protect the environment with grants and sponsorships
About Us

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales.

Our purpose is to improve environmental performance and waste management for NSW and we work hard to achieve this through a wide variety of programs and initiatives.

We work with the community, business, industry and government to maintain a balance between protecting the environment, managing competing demands on the environment and supporting sustainable growth.

We provide information and guidance about a broad range of environmental issues and activities. We engage with the community and use social research to inform our priorities, policies and programs. We publish scientific research and monitor trends in the state of the environment. We offer advice and incentives to help business and industry improve their environmental performance.

What We Do

We consult with the community, industry, business and government on a broad range of activities and issues that affect the NSW environment.

These include:

  • Air, Water and Noise Pollution
  • Waste and Resource Recovery
  • Contaminated Land
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
  • Pesticides
  • Radiation and Solaria (Tanning Units)
  • Native Forestry
  • Coal Seam Gas Projects
  • Wind Farms