NSW Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry

In June 2014, the then NSW Shadow Minister for the Environment, Luke Foley, moved to establish an Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into the workings of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The aim of the inquiry was to look at how the EPA performs against its legislated objectives and specifically the way in which the organisation as a whole has dealt with a number of issues including:

  • land contamination issues at Botany and Hillsdale
  • coal dust in the Hunter
  • groundwater contamination in the Pilliga
  • forestry operations in Royal Camp State Forest
  • a pollution incident at Girraween
  • regulation of cruise passenger ships at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Balmain.

The EPA welcomed the inquiry and the opportunity to increase public awareness and understanding of the important role it plays in protecting communities and the environment of NSW.

Public submissions to the inquiry closed Friday 29 August 2014.

Three public hearings took place as part of the Parliamentary Inquiry process.

The Committee’s report contained 17 recommendations and was published on Friday 13 February 2015. The NSW Government had six months from the date of the report to respond to the recommendations, and provided the response on 13 August 2015.

Visit the inquiry website to read the Committee’s report and NSW Government response, and additional information about the inquiry. 

Many of the recommendations outlined in the final report, and supported by the NSW Government, are already being addressed or have been implemented by the EPA. The EPA is, and always has been, committed to continuous improvement in all our practices.


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