The National Priority Sites system allows the EPA to identify which industrial and waste licensed sites should be prioritised for enforcement based on their environmental performance.
The list is used to target the EPA’s enforcement effort at the poorest performing sites in order to drive improvements in environmental compliance.
The system applies to active EPA licensed industrial and waste sites only.
In simple terms, each site is given a score based on its licence compliance in the previous six months. The system has four key scoring components: Compliance Investigations, Complaints, Incidents and Non-Compliances. These are described in more detail below. The higher the score the poorer the compliance is at a site.
A site becomes a National Priority Site when it has a total score of more than 30 points and a CI score of 10 points or more.
The National Priority Sites List is produced by the EPA on a quarterly basis based on data for the previous 6 months.
Licensed sites are informed in writing when they are on the National Priority Site List.
The EPA is using the National Priority Sites to focus its enforcement effort at the worst performing sites. Sites that appear on the list are subject to an escalation of enforcement action by the EPA, up to and including legal action, suspension or revocation.
A National Priority Site must address the environmental issues and restore compliance in order to reduce its score.
The National Priority Sites list is compiled and published by the EPA on a quarterly basis.