Pollution Incidents – Notification

Pollution Incidents – Notification

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO) require the occupier of premises, the employer or any person carrying on the activity which causes a pollution incident to immediately notify each relevant authority when material harm to the environment is caused or threatened.


Communications with authorities

Pollution incidents that pose threats to human health or safety will be advised to the below external authority’s in the following order:

  1. Environmental Protection Authority 13 15 55
  2. Public Health Unit – Lismore (02) 6620 7585 (0417 244 966 a/h)
  3. Work Cover 13 10 50
  4. Fire & Rescue NSW 000

Communications with adjoining properties and the community

In the event of an incident the following methods of communication shall be employed depending on the severity and nature of the incident.

  • Phone calls
  • Media releases (radio/television/newspaper/internet)
  • Site visits/door knocking
  • Letter box drops

The extent of the communications with the neighbours and the community will depend on the:

  • The magnitude of the emission or discharge
  • Type of pollutant
  • What that pollutant may impact – water, land
  • The potentially impacted area
  • Weather conditions
  • Potential duration of the impact

In all cases Council will attempt to provide early warning to directly affected premises by a phone call or a site visit. Early warning will include details of what the incident is, how those affected will need to respond, as well as providing important advice such as avoiding contact and use of affected land/waterways. This information will be given on a case by case basis.

If early warning is not possible Council will provide notification during and after an incident. Council will advise those affected with appropriate information, advice and updates.

In the event that the pollutant reaches the waterway, Council will erect signage in prominent locations to warn users of the possible contamination and to avoid activities within the waterway. Once the area affected has been cleaned up and deemed safe to the public, Council will inform the public and its staff that regular activities may resume in the area.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMP)

Casino Sewage Treatment Plant PIRMP

Published on 31/07/2018 File Size 1MB

Coraki Sewage Treatment Plant PIRMP

Published on 25/07/2018 File Size 963KB

Evans Head Sewage Treatment Plant PIRMP

Published on 27/07/2018 File Size 1019KB

Nammoona Waste and Resource Recovery PIRMP

Published on 07/08/2018 File Size 3MB

Bora Ridge Transfer Station PIRMP

Published on 28/08/2018 File Size 3MB

Woodview Quarry PIRMP

Published on 16/08/2018 File Size 662KB

Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange PIRMP

Published on 30/07/2018 File Size 2MB

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