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Load calculation protocol

This is the 'Load Calculation Protocol' referred to in the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009. It was published in the NSW Government Gazette on 26 June 2009. (Originally gazetted on 25 June 1999, and subsequently amended on 10 May 2002, 4 July 2003, 25 February 2005 and 27 June 2008.)

The Protocol sets out the methods that holders of licences issued under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 must use to calculate assessable pollutant loads.

 The Protocol has two parts:

  • Part A provides generic information applicable to all licence-holders who are required by the Regulation to calculate pollutant loads.
  • Part B sets out additional specific requirements that relate to particular fee-based activity classifications of licensed activities listed in Schedule 1 of the Regulation. It includes a Worksheet to use for the calculations required by the Protocol.

The Protocol is available here in PDF format (09211loadcalcprot.pdf, 817KB)

In the case of any inconsistency between the Protocol and the Regulation, the latter prevails to the extent of the inconsistency. Where the Protocol and the licence require different types of monitoring, each must be conducted. Contact the local EPA Regional Manager if you find significant anomalies.

The fee-based activity classifications referred to in the Protocol came into effect on 1 July 1999 and were subsequently amended on 28 April 2008 and 30 June 2009.

A revised Load Calculation Protocol will be published in the NSW Government Gazette from time to time, reflecting agreed improvements or additions. The EPA may agree in writing to a new or revised method of load calculation to be available for one or more licensees.

Page last updated: 30 March 2015