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The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) can issue penalty notices, formal warnings, licence conditions, notices, official cautions, directions and prosecutions to achieve compliance with environmental laws in NSW.

The EPA recently issued a fine of $8000 to Albury City Council for offensive odours in relation to its Waste Management Facility at Hamilton Valley.  The EPA conducted an odour survey following a complaint from a member of the public and identified the pungent odour described as a ‘wet rotting smell’.  Albury City Council has also been directed to conduct an air quality impact assessment, a condition imposed under its Environment Protection Licence.

An environment protection licence is issued by the EPA in relation to certain industrial premises under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.  For further information on Environment Protection Licences or pollution licences see our recent article: Pollution Licences Under the POEO Act.

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