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Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLEs) are EPA staff based in local councils. They provide quick compliance and enforcement responses to smaller local pollution reports. For example:

  • litter
  • noise
  • odour
  • dust.

OPLEs add to the work councils already do in environment and public health protection. 

An OPLE in a council doesn't change EPA’s work reducing pollution and waste at larger, more complex sites. EPA remains in charge of compliance, enforcement and action to prevent pollution at those sites. 

OPLEs provide councils with environmental monitoring and assessment. They teach business and community about environmental concerns. OPLEs help industry, business and community find, prevent and resolve environmental issues. 

Read next 

What OPLEs do

OPLE pilot 

Read about our OPLE's work

Reviewed 17 December 2019