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EPA opens up to public opinion for power stations’ licence review

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for public comment on their five-yearly review of environment protection licences for Eraring, Mount Piper, Vales Point and Bayswater power stations.

The EPA uses environment protection licences to regulate emissions these facilities, as well as noise, water management, land contamination and waste.

EPA Executive Director Regulatory Operations Jason Gordon said regular reviews play an important role in ensuring we reduce risks to human health and the environment from coal fired power stations.

“The EPA has a comprehensive and robust framework for regulating power stations in NSW and we work closely with all the operators to continually strengthen monitoring and reporting requirements, and improve transparency,” Gordon said.

“Previous consultations on power stations have helped inform decisions to adjust licence conditions and provide strong protection to the community and the environment.”

“We value input and feedback from community as part of our review and are keen to hear about specific concerns in relation to the operation of power stations in our state, including on monitoring and reporting,” Gordon said.

“The EPA will keep the public informed and provide feedback on the review at its conclusion, including how public submissions helped shape our findings.”

Public consultation for the review of licenses will open on Monday 23 October until Monday 27 November 2023. To learn more, click here.

Power station licences and pollution monitoring results provided by licensed industry operators are available on the EPA’s Public Register.

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