EPA Pollution Monitoring
While Lachlan Shire Council is committed to managing waste responsibly, the Council is also required by legislation to publicly report on potential pollution from two sites around Condobolin.
A number of sites operated by Lachlan Shire Council are required to have Environmental Protection Licences (EPL) which are administered by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. An EPL allows a business to operate as long as it adheres to certain conditions which are stipulated in each licence.
Lachlan Shire Council holds two Environmental Protection Licences
- Condobolin Sewage Treatment Plant (EPA Licence 4480)
- Condobolin Water Treatment Plant (EPA Licence 430)
Section 153A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 requires a licence holder to prepare a Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMP). The PIRMP for both the Water and Sewage Treatment Plants can be found below.
Recent changes have been made to the legislation through the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011. As a result of these changes, it is compulsory for licensees to publish pollution monitoring data that is required to be collected as a condition of their licence. This applies to data obtained after 31 March 2012 as per Requirements for Publishing Pollution Monitoring Data (EPA March 2012).
How often sites are sampled varies for each site depending on the activity being undertaken and the requirements of the conditional licence for pollution monitoring. Not all licences require pollution monitoring as part of the conditional licence. Links to Lachlan Shire Council's pollution monitoring data can be found below.
Some EPA monitoring points don't require pollution monitoring but are for other parameters, such as volumetric flows. Where concentration limits are included in the licence these have been included in the data tables for the pollution monitoring results.