Pollution Incident Response Management Plans

A Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) is a document that outlines what procedures are in place to minimise the risk of a pollution incident on a premises. This includes having clear and effective notification, action and communication procedures to ensure the incident is dealt with safely, and all relevant people and authorities are notified, and kept informed throughout the incident.

All holders of environment protection licences, or licensees, are required to prepare a PIRMP in accordance with section 153A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act).

To assist licensees with preparing a PIRMP, the NSW EPA released a PIRMP Guideline in 2012, which provides details on the legislative requirements, and how to prepare, test and implement the plan. This Guideline is currently undergoing a review.

PIRMP Guideline review

The EPA has initiated a review of the PIRMP Guideline to make it easier for licence holders to better understand and meet their obligations under the POEO Act to prepare, implement and test PIRMPs.

The guidelines have been amended to:

  • include plain English summaries of the legal obligations
  • provide additional detail to help licensees comply with those obligations, with additional focus on those areas where the EPA has identified ongoing compliance issues 
  • include two PIRMP templates, one for premises-based licensees and mobile plant licensees and another for transporters of trackable waste, which have been created to assist licensees develop their PIRMPs.

We want your feedback

The EPA is now seeking feedback on the draft guideline and templates

Feedback can be sent via email to regulatory.practice@epa.nsw.gov.au

There is also a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PIRMP for licensees with a small number of tailored questions on PIRMPs and the draft guidelines and templates.

Consultation is open until Monday 29 July. 

Next steps

Once the consultation period is over, the EPA will consider all feedback to improve the usability of the Guidelines.

We hope to release the final guidelines in late 2019.

For more information please email regulatory.practice@epa.nsw.gov.au

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