Parliamentary inquiry established into Environmental Protection Authority

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NSW Shadow Environment Minister Luke Foley has today successfully moved for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) - arguing that it is vital to restore community confidence in the State's environmental watchdog.

The Legislative Council will inquire and report on the performance of the EPA and measure the EPA’s performance against its statutory objectives.

 

"It is time for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the culture and management at the highest levels of the EPA," Mr Foley said.

“Many citizens have expressed their concerns to me that under its current leadership the EPA often seems more focused on protecting polluting industries rather than looking after the community and human health.

“The Parliamentary Inquiry will investigate the culture and performance at the highest levels of the EPA.”

The Inquiry is required to consider the following matters:

i.        Land contamination issues at Botany and Hillsdale,

ii.        EPA investigations and public statements about the effects of coal dust pollution in the Hunter.

iii.        EPA investigation into ground water contamination in the Pilliga by Santos’ coal seam gas exploration,

iv.        The prosecution of Du Pont (Australia) Ltd for the alleged offences of land pollution in the western Sydney suburbs of Girraween,

v.        The regulation of cruise passenger ships at White Bay Cruise Terminal at Balmain, and

vi.        Logging practices at the Royal Camp State Forest.

“This State needs an environmental regulator that acts to protect the community and our environment,” Mr Foley said.