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Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009
Current version for 1 December 2019 to date (accessed 28 February 2020 at 11:45)
Schedule 5
Schedule 5 Prescribed matter for the definition of water pollution
For the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of water pollution in the Dictionary to the Act, the following are prescribed as matter—
 The definition of water pollution for the purposes of the Act includes the placing in or on, or otherwise introducing into or onto, the waters (whether through an act or omission) any matter, whether solid, liquid or gaseous, that is of a prescribed nature, description or class or that does not comply with any standard prescribed in respect of that matter.
(a)  animal matter of any description, including (but not limited to) carcasses of animals, parts or remains of animals, offal, flesh and bones,
(b)  plant matter of any description, including (but not limited to) vegetable or fruit wastes, leaves, grass, trees, wood, sawdust, shavings, chips, bark or other forest products or refuse,
(c)  ashes, soil, earth, mud, stones, sand, clay or similar inorganic matter,
(d)  washings or spoil from any mineral processing or extractive operation, from any dredging operation or from any other industrial, agricultural or commercial activity,
(e)  ballast,
(f)  excreta, manure or urine, or any waste from an on-site human waste storage facility or treatment device or any matter that contains faecal coliform or faecal streptococci,
(g)  matter of an infectious nature,
(h)  scrap metal, glass, junk, paper, plastic, rubbish, vehicles or vehicle tyres, any industrial waste and any refuse of any other description,
(i)  oil, grease or flammable liquid of any description,
(j)  thermal waste (being any liquid which, after being used in or in connection with any activity, is more than 2 degrees Celsius hotter or colder than the water into which it is discharged),
(k)  matter that causes biochemical or chemical oxygen demand,
(l)  liquid that contains suspended or dissolved solids,
(m)  gas other than oxygen,
(n)  methylene blue active substance,
(o)  matter that has a pH value of less than 6.5 or more than 8.5,
(p)  any pesticide (within the meaning of the Pesticides Act 1999),
(q)  radioactive substances or poisonous substances of any description,
(r)  substances classified as dangerous goods under the Transport of Dangerous Goods Code (within the meaning of Schedule 1 to the Act),
(s)  substances listed in Schedule 10 to the Sydney Water Act 1994,
(t)  substances listed in the Hazardous Substances Information System published and maintained by the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council,
(u)  chemical toxicants for which guidelines are prescribed by the publication entitled Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality published in October 2000 by the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council and the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand,
(v)  arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, chloride, chromium (hexavalent), copper, cyanide, fluoride, iron (dissolved), lead, manganese (dissolved), mercury, selenium, silver, uranyl ion or zinc,
(w)  matter that contains any nitrogen, sulphur, phenolic or phosphorus compound,
(x)  matter that contains matter referred to above.