Obligations to avoid air pollution are set out in Part 5.4 of the Protection of the
Environment Operations Act 1997. Industries must
and maintain plant correctly
out work responsibly
handle, and store materials properly and efficiently
Industries undertaking scheduled activities must also
with air emission standards
the community from odour
The Act sets maximum penalties for air pollution offences of
for a corporation, plus up to $120,000 per day for a continuing offence
for an individual, plus up to $60,000 per day for a continuing offence
Maximum limits for emissions of air pollutants from industry in
NSW are contained in Part 5 of theProtection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2021.
See the detailed guide containing more information about Part 5.
Where monitoring is required, industries in NSW must use specified
methods to measure air pollutant emissions from their premises.
The emission limits in Part 5 are a minimum standard and do
not account for site-specific features such as meteorology, terrain, and
background air quality.
Odour can affect public amenity and a community’s quality of life.
The EPA has developed a policy framework and accompanying technical notes to help industry work
with local government and the EPA to prevent, minimise, and manage industrial
and commercial sources of odour.