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Environment Protection Authority

AGL fined for failing to report Air Emission Monitoring data

Media release: 15 July 2013

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined AGL $1,000 for failing to publish monitoring data under “community right to know” requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

The EPA’s Chief Environmental Regulator, Mark Gifford said the intent of these requirements is to improve the public’s access to information about the environmental performance of licensed facilities.

“AGL holds an Environment Protection Licence issued by the EPA for the Rosalind Park Gas Plant which forms part of the Camden Gas Scheme.”

“AGL is required to obtain and publish emission data from its three gas compression engines, from onsite Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) units and routine independent stack testing.

“When EPA reviewed the AGL website on 6 June 2013, the last CEMS data was for the month of January 2013. No CEMS data was published for the months of February, March and April 2013.

“The EPA requires a monthly summary of the CEMS data to be published on the company’s website within 14 days of the last data being obtained for that month. “

“Once notified, AGL immediately published the data. The data indicates that emissions were not above the limits permitted by its Environment Protection Licence.”

The EPA takes all non-compliances seriously and our regulatory decisions are guided by the principles outlined in the EPA Prosecution Guidelines.

Contact: Catharina Boer

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