Cancellation or suspension of an environmental authority by Council
Council may cancel or suspend an environmental authority if certain events occur. These events are specified in section 278 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 .
For example, an environmental authority can be cancelled or suspended if the holder of an environmental authority is convicted of an environmental offence, or for non-payment of fees.
Process to cancel or suspend an environmental authority
If Council proposes to cancel or suspend your environmental authority, Council will give you a notice outlining the proposed action and the grounds or reasons for the proposed action.
You can write to Council stating why you think the proposed action should not be taken. Council must consider your written representations when making a final decision.
After considering your representations, Council may decide to suspend or cancel your environmental authority if it still believes grounds exist to take that action. Council may decide to suspend your environmental authority instead of cancelling it.
Alternatively, if after considering the representations Council believes those grounds do not exist, or that suspension or cancellation is not appropriate in the circumstances, Council may decide not to suspend or cancel your environmental authority.