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Reforms underway for NSW EIA process

New South Wales is initiating a three-stage consultation process to introduce reforms in its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

Stage 1 has already commenced, involving the distribution of a discussion paper for public review.

The EIA refers to the entire process for both State Significant Development (SSD) and State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) proposals.

Consultations on SA waste bill amendments close

South Australia has concluded public consultations on proposed amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1993.

The state government will now take all feedback into consideration in drafting the amended bill, which proposes to expand the range of punishable offences, place limits on waste stockpiling, impose harsher sentences on waste-related activities and widen financial assurances.

LEGAL UPDATE: NSW EPA to tie environmental protection licence fees to performance

The NSW EPA will be able to offer greater incentives to comply with environmental protection obligations, with discounted licence fees for attracting high-performers and poor performers paying penance. Brendan Bateman of Clayton Utz explains the details.

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