03 July 2015

NSW starts Risk Based Environmental Licensing

The new environmental protection licences will look at day-to-day operations, including emissions and the risk of a pollution incident to establish the premises's risk. The environmental management performance of the licensee is also considered through the management systems and environment improvement programs already in place.  Better management systems leads to less fees and "reduced red tape" (the EPA's words).

The EPA has released Environmental Management Systems Guidelines for the new licensing which closely follow ISO14001.

More information at
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/licensing/licencereg.htm