In this Chapter:
Australian native tree means any tree of a species indigenous to Australia.
electricity generating work means a work (including associated facilities) that supplies, or is capable of supplying, more than 200 kilowatts of electricity.
EPA guidelines means guidelines in force under section 57Q.
forest bio-material means the bio-material comprised in trees.
native forest bio-material means the bio-material comprised in Australian native trees, other than:(a) bio-material obtained from:(i) an authorised plantation within the meaning of the Plantations and Reafforestation Act 1999, or(ii) an existing plantation within the meaning of section 9 of the Plantations and Reafforestation Act 1999, or(iii) land on which exempt farm forestry (within the meaning of the Plantations and Reafforestation Act 1999) is being carried out, or(iv) land on which ancillary plantation operations (within the meaning of section 9 of the Plantations and Reafforestation Act 1999) are being carried out, or(b) sawdust or other sawmill waste, or(c) waste arising from wood processing or the manufacture of wooden products, other than waste arising from activities (such as woodchipping or the manufacture of railway sleepers) carried out at the location from which the Australian native trees are harvested.
The occupier of any premises who causes or allows native forest bio-material to be burned in any electricity generating work in or on those premises is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty:(a) in the case of a corporation—400 penalty units,(b) in the case of an individual—200 penalty units.
(1) The occupier of any premises who causes or allows bio-material of any kind to be burned in any electricity generating work in or on those premises during a reporting period must keep records, as required by the EPA guidelines, in relation to fuel held during that period at those premises.(2) Within 60 days after the end of each reporting period, the occupier:(a) must prepare reports to be prepared, as required by the EPA guidelines, in relation to:(i) the use of the electricity generating work, and(ii) the use of forest bio-material as fuel for the electricity generating work,during that period, and(b) must cause any such report to be audited by an auditor having the qualifications set out in the EPA guidelines, and(c) must send a copy of any such report, certified in accordance with the EPA guidelines, to the EPA.(3) The occupier must retain all records kept under this clause for at least 4 years after the end of the reporting period to which they relate.(4) The occupier is guilty of an offence if the requirements of this clause are not complied with.
Maximum penalty:(a) in the case of a corporation—200 penalty units,(b) in the case of an individual—100 penalty units.(5) This clause does not apply to an electricity generating plant in relation to any reporting period that commenced before 1 July 2003.(6) In this clause, reporting period, in relation to an electricity generating work, means:(a) in the case of a work the subject of an environment protection licence, the licence fee period in relation to that licence (within the meaning of Part 2.1), or(b) in the case of any other work, the year ending 30 June.
The EPA is to ensure that the reports sent to it under this Chapter are made available at its head office for inspection by members of the public.
(1) A person who, in or in connection with a requirement under this Chapter, provides any information, or makes any statement, that is false or misleading in a material particular is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty:(a) in the case of a corporation—200 penalty units,(b) in the case of an individual—100 penalty units.(2) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against this clause if the person establishes that the person had reasonable grounds to believe that the information or statement was true and had no reason to suspect that the information or statement was false or misleading in a material respect.
The EPA may, by order published in the Gazette, establish guidelines as to the keeping of records, and the preparation and auditing of reports, for the purposes of this Chapter.
Pursuant to section 6 (3) of the Act, the EPA is declared to be the appropriate regulatory authority for any matter arising under this Chapter.