Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Aerial view of Minnamurra, NSW. AirViewOnline.

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Protecting your environment

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for NSW. We protect the environment by regulating activities that could have an impact on the health of the NSW environment and its people.

We do this using a combination of tools, services and programs including education, licensing and approvals, economic mechanisms like trading schemes, partnerships and collaborations with community and business organisations, scientific and social research, compliance audits, monitoring programs and information services. Where necessary we use our power to prosecute individuals and companies that do not comply with environmental laws; this can result in heavy fines, jail sentences, clean-up orders and cost recovery.

We provide public access to a broad range of information about the NSW environment and activities that may impact the environment, and we offer expert advice about environmental issues and concerns.

Community involvement plays a vital role in environmental protection. We work with community groups to gain a greater understanding of local environmental concerns, and we help the community to report pollution incidents in the most effective manner possible.

For information about conservation, biodiversity, national parks, culture and heritage, climate change and sustainability visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

Page last updated: 21 June 2013

Local community engagement groups

Community groups enable local people to engage with their industrial neighbours, the environmental regulator and interested individuals on local environmental issues. The groups also assist the EPA to understand the issues affecting local communities.

Community groups include the Orica Botany group, Upper Hunter air quality monitoring network advisory committee, Newcastle community consultative committee on the environment, and Rutherford air quality liaison committee.

Today's air quality update

Fine particles enter air from a wide range of industrial, transport and domestic sources. Fine particles can harm respiratory and circulatory health, especially in the young, the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. For today's air quality update see: regional air quality index.