Submission On the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment Bill

AEBN recommended keeping the 4 to 5 fold increase in fines levels to a doubling of fines. The 16-fold increase in noise fines should be limited to only where the offensive noise is a health issue. AEBN expressed concern over the proposed Pollution of Land offense, which is extremely broad.

For example, earth-moving equipment clearing land could breach this new offense. Any company with contaminated land is also liable as any increase or potential increase in contamination could breach the section. AEBN recommended a number of changes and regulations to clarify the extent of this new offense.


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