What's new in law archives: 2000

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The EPA became part of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in September 2003. This archive only relates to the EPA. 

December 2000

  • Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Tradeable Emission Schemes) Act 2000 (assented to 8.12.00) commences operation on 12 February 2001. Emission trading schemes work by, for eg, imposing a limit on the total amount of pollution that can be emitted to air or water, and allowing individuals to trade shares of that total (called 'credits' or 'permits'). Under Part 9.3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, the EPA can develop and implement such schemes. The amending Act strengthens the EPA's regulation-making powers in relation to the schemes by, for example, allowing regulations to prescribe licence conditions for the purpose of giving effect to a scheme. The Act also enables the EPA to impose penalties – as set out in the regulations – for contraventions of the scheme.
  • Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2000 (assented to 8.12.00) makes a number of minor changes to EPA-administered legislation. For example, the changes extend the offence for littering from motor vehicles (section 146 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997) to include littering from a trailer, and clarify that Waste Planning and Management Boards have the capacity to carry out waste and recycling services themselves (sections 17, 18 of the Waste Minimisation and Management Act 1995).
  • Protection of the Environment Operations (Penalty Notices) Amendment (Authorised Officers) Regulation 2000 (gazetted 22.12.00) empowers the officers of two more authorities – the Parramatta Stadium Trust, and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust – to issue on-the-spot fines for littering, advertising material, balloon release and water pollution offences under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
  • Protection of the Environment Operations (Penalty Notices) Amendment (Sydney Catchment Authority) Regulation 2000 (gazetted 22.12.00) empowers the officers of Sydney Catchment Authority to issue on-the-spot fines for a number of offences, including littering, water pollution, and failure to comply with an environment protection notice or a requirement under Chapter 7 (Investigation) of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. These powers complement the environment protection powers the Sydney Catchment Authority has been granted under the Sydney Water Catchment Management (Environment Protection) Regulation 2001 for the purposes of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, for non-scheduled activities in relation to a catchment area.
  • Clean Air (Plant and Equipment) Amendment (Exemptions) Regulation 2000 (gazetted 15.12.00) gives the EPA the power to grant exemptions to public authorities from prescribed smoke emission limits when they are carrying out certain research, testing and training activities. 
  • Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Amendment (Dredging Operations) Regulation 2000 (gazetted 1.12.00) exempts dredge spoil from the calculation of the levy payable to the EPA by licensed waste facilities for each tonne of waste they receive.

November 2000

  • Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000 (assented to 29.11.00) makes it an offence to release (or cause or permit the release of) 20 or more balloons at or about the same time. Higher penalties apply if more than 100 balloons are released. There are a number of exceptions to the offences, for example where the balloons are released for scientific purposes. The Act commences operation on 1 July 2001.

September 2000

  • Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2000 (gazetted 1.9.00) replaces three regulations – the Noise Control (Marine Vessels) Regulation 1996, Noise Control (Miscellaneous Articles) Regulation 1995 and Noise Control (Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Accessories) Regulation 1995 – with minor changes, such as the introduction of tiered penalties tied to the duration of ringing of faulty building and car alarms. The new Regulation controls noise emissions from motor vehicles, vessels and certain articles such as lawn mowers, air conditioners, chainsaws, sirens, horns and alarms by regulating their sale and/or use. It also provides for the inspection and testing of noise emission levels and the issuing of defective vehicle and vessel notices.

August 2000

July 2000

  • Better littering laws for NSW: Protection of the Environment Amendment (Littering) Act 2000.
  • About the Pesticides Act 1999: replaces the Pesticides Act 1978 and fully commences 1 July 2000.
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