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Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009
Current version for 1 September 2019 to date (accessed 17 September 2019 at 22:14)
Chapter 5A Part 2
Part 2 Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network
79M   Definitions
(1)  In this Part—
annual levy means the levy payable each levy period by each licence holder under this Part.
general program costs means all costs incurred by the EPA in respect of the monitoring program (other than the costs of monitoring oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide or particulate matter), including the following—
(a)  costs set out in section 295Z (4) of the Act,
(b)  costs associated with purchasing, constructing, maintaining and updating equipment, facilities and infrastructure,
(c)  costs associated with the use of equipment, facilities and infrastructure,
(d)  costs associated with the administration of the program, including the costs associated with reporting on the program and any advisory committees established to advise the EPA in relation to the program.
levy period means the period of 12 months commencing on 1 July in each year.
licence holder means a person who holds a licence that authorises a scheduled activity to be carried out at premises in Newcastle.
licence holder’s emissions means the total emissions from all premises within Newcastle to which the holder’s licence relates as determined by the EPA.
monitoring program means the environmental monitoring program operated by or on behalf of the EPA that monitors air quality in Newcastle and is known as the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network, and includes any changes made by the EPA to that program from time to time.
Newcastle means the Newcastle local government area and includes the Subject Land (including the Deferred Matter) as shown on State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013 Land Application Map Sheet LAP_003.
particulate matter means particulate matter measuring less than 10 micrometres.
total LGA emissions means the total emissions under licences from premises within Newcastle as determined by the EPA.
(2)  Emissions under this Part are to be calculated in kilograms.
79N   Determining emissions
(1)  In determining emissions for the purpose of this Part the EPA is to use the data from the following sources and, in the case of any conflict, is to use data from a source appearing higher in the list rather than data from a source appearing lower in the list—
(a)  estimates provided by a licence holder to the EPA before the end of the levy period to which the data relates, but only if the EPA is satisfied that the estimates relate to emissions from all points and diffuse sources and have been determined in accordance with methods approved by the EPA,
(b)  data from the Air Emissions Inventory for the Greater Metropolitan Region in NSW (the AEI) published by the EPA,
(c)  data from the National Pollutant Inventory (the NPI) published by the Department of the Environment of the Commonwealth,
(d)  data collected by the EPA through other emission inventory or reporting programs.
(2)  In using data from the AEI or NPI the EPA—
(a)  is to use the most recent data for the levy period to which the data relates, and
(b)  in the case of an industry for which there is no relevant data, is to use data from an industry that the EPA reasonably believes is conducting comparable scheduled activities at a comparable scale.
(3)  The EPA is to make any data used to determine emissions available to a licence holder if requested in writing to do so.
79O   Objectives
The objective of the monitoring program is to provide government, industry and the community with—
(a)  reliable and up-to-date information on air quality in Newcastle, and
(b)  information that is of assistance in assessing changes in air quality and identifying the major sources of monitored pollutants.
79P   Licence holders required to pay levy
(1)  A licence holder must pay an annual levy in respect of the monitoring program under this Part.
(2)  The EPA, during a levy period, is to provide written notice to each licence holder of the amount of the annual levy that the licence holder is required to pay for the levy period.
Note.
 The amount will be based on an estimate made by the EPA under clause 79S.
(3)  The amount must be paid within 30 days after the notice is given by the EPA or by such later date as is specified by the EPA in the notice.
(4)  If an amount is not paid by the due date, the amount is to be increased by the amount of simple interest calculated at the rate of 25% per year on the amount unpaid for each day that elapses after the due date and before the date of payment.
(5)  The EPA may, if it considers it appropriate to do so, reduce its costs in respect of a levy period to take account of any arrears paid in respect of an earlier levy period.
79Q   Calculation of annual levy
(1)  The annual levy payable by a licence holder for a levy period is calculated by adding together the amount of such of the following as are payable by the licence holder during the levy period—
(a)  the oxides of nitrogen monitoring component,
(b)  the sulphur dioxide monitoring component,
(c)  the particulate matter monitoring component,
(d)  the general program costs component.
(2) Oxides of nitrogen monitoring component A licence holder is required to pay that proportion of the EPA’s costs in monitoring oxides of nitrogen during the levy period that is equal to the proportion of the licence holder’s emissions of oxides of nitrogen during the levy period to the total LGA emissions of oxides of nitrogen during that period.
(3) Sulphur dioxide monitoring component A licence holder is required to pay that proportion of the EPA’s costs in monitoring sulphur dioxide during the levy period that is equal to the proportion of the licence holder’s emissions of sulphur dioxide during the levy period to the total LGA emissions of sulphur dioxide during that period.
(4) Particulate matter monitoring component A licence holder is required to pay that proportion of the EPA’s costs in monitoring particulate matter during the levy period that is equal to the proportion of the licence holder’s emissions of particulate matter during the levy period to the total LGA emissions of particulate matter during that period.
(5) General program costs component A licence holder is required to pay that proportion of the EPA’s general program costs during the levy period that is equal to the proportion of the licence holder’s total emissions of oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter during the levy period to the total LGA emissions of oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter during that period.
(6)  A licence holder is not required to pay an annual levy for a levy period if the amount when calculated under this clause is less than $100, and in such a case the emissions of that licence holder during the levy period are not to be taken into account in calculating total LGA emissions in respect of that levy period.
Note.
 In such a case the amount payable by other licence holders will be effectively increased as their proportion of the total emissions will be larger.
79R   Emissions from vessels to be included in licence holder’s emissions
(1)  The total emissions from vessels in Newcastle of oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter for a levy period are to be apportioned as follows between shipping premises—
(a)  those premises are to be divided into 3 levels as follows—
(i)  level 1—shipping premises at which the annual capacity to load and unload is not more than 100,000 tonnes,
(ii)  level 2—shipping premises at which the annual capacity to load and unload is more than 100,000 tonnes but not more than 500,000 tonnes,
(iii)  level 3—shipping premises at which the annual capacity to load and unload is more than 500,000 tonnes,
(b)  the emissions of oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter are then to be apportioned so that—
(i)  equal amounts of each type of emissions are apportioned to premises at the same level, and
(ii)  level 2 shipping premises are apportioned 3.3 times as many emissions of each type as level 1 shipping premises, and
(iii)  level 3 shipping premises are apportioned 9 times as many emissions of each type as level 1 shipping premises.
(2)  Emissions in Newcastle from a vessel are taken not to be emissions from premises except as provided by this clause.
(3)  Emissions that are apportioned to premises under this clause are to be taken into account as part of the relevant licence holder’s emissions and the total LGA emissions.
(4)  In this clause—
shipping premises mean premises in Newcastle at which the scheduled activity of shipping in bulk is authorised to be carried out.
79S   Calculation of cost of monitoring program
(1)  During each levy period, the EPA is to calculate an estimate of the cost to the EPA of each of the following for the levy period—
(a)  the costs of monitoring oxides of nitrogen,
(b)  the costs of monitoring sulphur dioxide,
(c)  the costs of monitoring particulate matter,
(d)  the general program costs.
(2)  After the end of a levy period, the EPA is to calculate the actual cost to the EPA of each of those matters for the levy period.
(3)  The EPA may, in respect of any difference between the estimated cost of a matter and the actual cost of that matter—
(a)  carry forward the difference to a subsequent levy period, or
(b)  determine arrangements for licence holders to make a payment or receive a refund in respect of that difference.
79T   EPA may direct licence holder to provide information
(1)  The EPA may, for the purposes of this Part, direct a licence holder to provide to the EPA such information as may be specified in the direction.
(2)  A direction under this clause—
(a)  must be given by notice in writing, and
(b)  may specify the methodology or assumptions to be used by the licence holder in generating the required information, and
(c)  may specify the manner and form in which the information is to be provided.
(3)  It is a condition of a licence holder’s licence that the licence holder comply with a direction under this clause within the time (if any) specified in the direction.
79U   Licence holders to provide assistance to EPA
It is a condition of a licence holder’s licence that the licence holder—
(a)  permit entry by any person authorised in writing by the EPA to land owned or occupied by the licence holder, and
(b)  provide such reasonable assistance and facilities as may be required by the person,
for the purposes of, or in connection with, the operation of the monitoring program.
79V   EPA to publish results of monitoring
The EPA is to make the results of the air quality monitoring carried out under the monitoring program available on its website.
79W   EPA to report on monitoring program
(1)  The EPA is to prepare a report containing the following matters in relation to the monitoring program—
(a)  a review of the effectiveness of the monitoring program in fulfilling its objectives,
(b)  the results of an independent audit (to be arranged by the EPA) of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the monitoring program,
(c)  any recommendations for improvements to the monitoring program,
(d)  any other matters that the EPA considers appropriate or that an advisory committee established to advise the EPA in relation to the monitoring program considers appropriate.
(2)  The report is to be prepared by 1 September 2018 and then by 1 September every fourth year after that.
(3)  Each report is to be made available on the EPA’s website.