The Northern Territory EPA (NT EPA) recently introduced two new online tools with the aim of improving environmental protection outcomes for businesses and the community.
The first upgrade – a new module to NT EPA’s online system – enables businesses to make multiple applications for environment protection approvals online. This allows them to manage multiple licences and approvals under the one account.
NT EPA Chair Dr Bill Freeland said the upgrades improve the existing capacity for the online application, granting and annual reporting on Environmental Protection Licences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act. They will also make compliance easier and more effective.
The second tool allows community members to make pollution complaints online and through the 24-hour Pollution Hotline. The online reporting function is available via a simple three-step process on the NT EPA website. This additional method of reporting reinforces the important role that the community has in reporting pollution.
Dr Freeland said this is a first for the Northern Territory and reinforces the important role that the community has in reporting pollution.
“The public are the NT EPA’s eyes and ears and have played an important role in reporting many significant reports which have led to formal enforcement action by the NT EPA.
Dr Freeland added that NT EPA Online will continuing to be developed with additional modules in the pipeline that will provide similar pathways for waste discharge licences, environmental impact assessments and, in the longer term, contaminated land management and waste tracking.