The holder of an EPA licence is required to comply with the conditions of operation set in their licence. These conditions are set through negotiation with a licence coordinator.
Emissions or discharges that exceed set limits may require the development of an environment improvement program (EIP) by the licensee which will move their operation into being able to comply with the limits for those discharges over a set period of time.
Everyone, not just licensees, is responsible to abide by the Environment Protection Act 1993 in certain situations:
- A person must not undertake an activity that pollutes, or might pollute the environment unless the person takes all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise any resulting environmental harm.
- A licence is required if a person is undertaking an activity detailed in Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection Act 1993.
- If an incident occurs that has caused or could cause serious environmental harm the person undertaking the activity responsible for the harm must report the incident to the EPA as soon and possible.