The EPA aims to recover the costs that we incur when enforcing licences, based on the ‘polluter pays principle’ and our Licensing and Enforcement Charging Policy 2020. These charges provide funding, in line with the EPA Act, for the EPA’s enforcement activities including
We calculate the annual charge we issue to each licensee in proportion to the risk the facility poses to the environment. We take into account both what they do and the sensitivity of the local environment.
In 2008, the EPA introduced a risk-based approach to enforcing licence industrial and waste facilities, called the ‘Risk Based Methodology for Enforcement’ or RBME. This approach helps us
We have now revised our risk and charging model, to
The Revised RBME Risk Model is in use as of January 2020.
Our enforcement charging policy remains up to date and aligned with these revisions.
See our Licensing and Enforcement Charging Policy 2020
Download the Revised RBME Risk Model 2020 and its Appendices:
See our FAQs on Enforcement Charges
Watch this video which explains the revisions to both the risk and charging models: EPA Annual Enforcement Charges