In NSW, the main law for environmental protection is the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) , which is administered by the Office of Environment. and Heritage (OEH).
The NSW Government established the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) as an independent authority responsible for regulating activities under the POEO Act such as air emissions; contaminated sites; hazardous material; noise; pesticides; forestry activities; waste; water quality; and state of the environment reporting.
The authority also issues environment protection licences (EPL) Wyong Shire Council, currently has five such licences.
In 2011, regulations were changed to improve the way pollution incidents are reported and managed. Licence holders, for example, are required to publish data about monitoring carried out since 31 March 2012. The monitoring data must be made available to the public through the licence holder's website
Wyong Shire Council's environmental protection licences
- Waterways and Asset Management - Licence 3200 - issued 28 December 2000. This licence regulates the activities associated with dredging of The Entrance Channel. Council is licensed to dredge up to 100,000m³ of sand from The Entrance Channel per year. Dredging the channel helps the tidal flow between the ocean and Tuggerah Lakes.
- Water and Sewer
- Licence 2647 – issued 1 May 2000. This licence regulates activities associated with the Toukley sewage treatments, Wilfred Barrett Drive, Noraville.
- Licence 1942 – issued 26 July 2000. This licence regulates activities associated with the Bateau Bay sewage treatments, The Entrance Road, Bateau Bay.
- Waste - Licence 5955 – issued 29 September 2000. This licence regulates activities associated with Buttonderry waste management facility, Hue Hue Road, Warnervale.
Response to pollution incident
Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) (261KB)