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Amendment to the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 for environmental monitoring levy

The Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network) Regulation (2013) commenced on 15 February 2013, inserting Chapter 5A into the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 (General Regulation). The amendment provides for the ongoing funding of the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network by requiring holders of licences for electricity generation and coal mining in the Upper Hunter region (Upper Hunter licence holders) to pay an environmental monitoring levy. The levy comprises an annual levy to be paid for each 12-month levy period beginning 1 July and a construction levy (if any).

In order for the EPA to calculate the annual levy each Upper Hunter licence holder who is required to pay a levy, must provide data to the EPA in accordance with clause 79I (1) General Regulation. The amounts of emissions and material moved must be calculated in accordance with the directions of the EPA. See, Direction setting out how emissions of particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide are to be calculated and how the amount of material moved is to be expressed and calculated (FinalSignedDirection.pdf, 108KB).

Page last updated: 11 July 2013