What we do
We manage environmental issues
We work alongside Federal, State and local governments to deliver environmental outcomes for the people of NSW.
We consult with the community, industry, business and government on a broad range of activities and issues that affect the NSW environment.
We respond to pollution incidents and emergencies
We work in collaboration with other government agencies to respond to and manage pollution incidents that involve hazardous materials. This includes:
determining measures to prevent and prepare for incidents that may impact on the environment
facilitating the protection of the environment during emergency response and recovery
facilitating the clean-up of land and inland waters affected by pollution incidents.
We enforce environmental regulations
We issue environment protection licences
to control activities that could have an impact on the environment or human health, and to encourage better environmental performance.
We monitor emissions and compliance
, conduct audits
and investigate reports of pollution
. If necessary we impose fines, require stricter operating conditions, impose pollution reduction programs and/or order people to clean up pollution.
organisations and individuals who break NSW environmental laws. EPA prosecutions can result in heavy fines and jail sentences.
Page last updated: 11 September 2015