The EPA oversees the performance of licensed and authorised sites in two main ways:
We use the information we get from these actions to continually review the environmental performance and compliance status of licence holders across the country.
Where we detect non-compliance with the licence, we instruct the operator to take action to address the cause. If the problem is complex or if the operator’s response isn’t quick or effective enough, we open a Compliance Investigation (CI) into the issue.
Under the CI, we can direct the licensee to:
A licenced site with a CI is at risk of being included on our list of National Priority Sites (NPS).
We combine the CI score with measures of non-compliances, incidents and complaints to produce a performance index called the NPS Score for each licensed site. See how NPS Scores are calculated.
We do similar performance rankings for other sectors:
If the licensee does not resolve the issues speedily and fully, we further escalate our enforcement by legal enforcement measures. These measures may include prosecution of the licensee, the issuing of statutory notices and ultimately the suspension or revocation of the licence.
See the latest information on Prosecutions and Penalties.