When must an incident be reported to EPA?
What must be notified? Pollution incidents causing or threatening material harm to the environment must be notified. A ‘pollution incident’ includes a leak, spill or escape of a substance, or circumstances in which this is likely to occur.
Who would you report environmental issues to?
Contact the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 1300 361 967 to report problems or incidents involving:
- Threatened or endangered animals and plants.
- Illegal native vegetation clearing.
- Destruction of Aboriginal artefacts or sites.
What is classified as an environmental incident?
Environmental incidents include both natural and non-natural hazards. Natural hazards can include events such as cyclones, flooding, heatwaves and bushfires, earthquakes and tsunamis. Non-natural hazards can include chemical, biological and radiological incidents. …
How are environmental crimes punished?
The criminal law characterizes an environmental law violation as a form of white-collar crime. If convicted, violators face fines, probation, jail time, or some combination thereof. Typically, a sentence of jail time is used when dealing with individuals, while corporations face stiff fines.
What are the types of environmental crimes?
Environmental crimes may include but are not limited to:
- Improper waste disposal.
- Oil spills.
- Destruction of wetlands.
- Dumping into oceans, streams, lakes, or rivers.
- Groundwater contamination.
- Improperly handling pesticides or other toxic chemicals.
- Burning garbage.
What are environmental incidents?
An Environmental Incident is an event that may cause harm or potential harm to an environmental receptor e.g. air, water, land, wildlife or local habitat.
What is a pollution incident?
Pollution incidents are caused by a loss of control or malicious acts which lead to the release of harmful substances into water, air or land and can cause significant harm to the environment.
What are some environmental injuries?
Oxygen deprivation and inhalation of irritant or asphyxiant chemicals contribute to injury. Toxic plants can be the source of poisoning emergencies, especially in children.
How do I report pollution in NSW?
To report any of the types of pollution for which the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulatory responsibility, phone 131 555 (local call cost throughout NSW except from mobile phones), or (02) 9995 5555 (if calling from outside NSW).
How can the NSW Police Force reduce alcohol-related crime?
It builds on the already substantial efforts and responses of the NSW Police Force which have seen a significant reduction in alcohol-related crime in NSW. Over the next seven years, four priority areas for reducing alcohol-related harm have been identified for police action: CAPABILITY: enabling the effective policing of alcohol-related crime.
What are the licence conditions for a pollution incident?
If the EPA licenses the activity causing the incident, the licence conditions may include incident notification requirements that apply in addition to the duty under section 148. If a pollution incident occurs, all necessary action should be taken to minimise the size and any adverse effects of the release.
What happened to the Indigenous teenager arrested by NSW Police?
The incident took place in June 2020 and caused outrage after a video of the arrest went viral. A NSW police office has been charged with assault after arresting an Indigenous teenager in Sydney last year.