Emergency pollution and orphan waste cleanup program
For more information on reporting pollution incidents see Reporting Pollution
Delays sometimes occur in cleaning up serious pollution because, at the time of an incident, a responsible party cannot be identified. Delays at this stage can contribute to significant environmental harm. To avoid these situations, the Environmental Trust, through its Emergency Pollution and Orphan Waste Clean-Up Program (EPOWCUP), may contribute funds towards the costs of measures to remove, disperse or mitigate serious pollution when those measures need to be taken immediately. In certain circumstances the trust funds may also be used by authorised officers for the management of orphan waste material incidents. However, in all cases of hazardous materials incidents, the party responsible for causing the incident and/or the owner of the material will be responsible for all costs in relation to the clean-up and disposal.
If you feel that the use of Environmental Trust funds may be appropriate under the circumstances of the incident you are dealing with refer to the program guidelines which outline the process for seeking approval of Trust funds.
Emergency Pollution and Orphan Waste Clean-Up Program Guidelines (2008118emergencyCleanupGuide.pdf, 422Kb, PDF)
Emergency Pollution and Orphan Waste Clean-Up Program Application Form (2008118emergencyCleanupForm.pdf, 71Kb, PDF)
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Page last updated: 27 February 2011