The Environment Protection Authority is letting us know they’ve done a deal with their NSW counterparts to co-operate better:
The ACT and NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have signed a cross-border protocol to strengthen their cross-border operations to control pollution and undertake regulatory actions more effectively.
The new protocol builds on a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between the ACT and NSW and will enhance regional collaboration and streamline joint regulatory operations.
“The geographical location of the ACT means it is critical for both the ACT and NSW to continue working closely on environmental matters, recognising that pollution and pollution incidents do not recognise borders,” Daniel Walters of the ACT Environment Protection Authority said today.
“We’ve recently had a number of incidents where pollution has crossed borders, including industrial fires, flooding and sewage spills.
“Recently, we have worked closely to combat illegal waste acceptance and its transport interstate, in order to protect the environment. Most often this is from Canberra and regional construction sites to rural areas of NSW,” Barry Buffier, Chair of the NSW Environment Protection Authority said.