How EPA uses sanctions and penalties to protect the environment.
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EPA has powers under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) to prevent harm from pollution and waste.
We can issue a sanction when there’s been a breach of the law. A sanction is an enforcement tool which results in an offender being punished or penalised for breaches of the Act.
Sanctions range from a warning to prosecution, which could result in a fine or the loss of a licence or permit.
Our Compliance and Enforcement Policy (publication 1388.3) covers all of the sanctions EPA can seek.
EPA sanctions can include:
We support responsive sanctioning, which means we use it to improve environmental outcomes.
Reviewed 7 November 2019