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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Air - NSW overview

Air pollution reporting and complaints

While the EPA is working to improve air quality in NSW, people in the community can also play a vital role in improving the quality of the air we breathe by reporting air pollution incidents.

If you observe pollution

Note as many details of the incident as possible, including time, date, location, descriptions of the people involved, vehicles and number plates and anything else noticed. 

For major pollution incidents

If the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property (such as toxic fumes), call 000 to report it immediately to emergency services.

Report to the responsible organisation

Non-emergency incidents should be reported to the organisation responsible for regulating pollution from that activity.

View list of organisations responsible for air pollution regulation

Smoky vehicles

The smoky vehicle enforcement program aims to reduce vehicle emissions to air by ensuring owners properly maintain their vehicles. A smoky vehicle is any motor vehicle that emits visible smoke continuously for over ten seconds.

More information about reporting smoky vehicles

If you or your company cause pollution

Anyone engaged in the activity resulting in the pollution incident has a duty to report the incident. Whoever occupies land where a pollution incident occurs must also report it. Failure to do so is an offence and carries a fine.

Find out more about the duty to notify

Page last updated: 18 June 2013