Australia: Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2016: What you need to know

Last Updated: 28 March 2016
Article by Sarah Macoun and Thomas Buckley

The proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) are aimed at ensuring sites operated by companies in financial difficulty continue to comply with their environmental obligations.

These amendments will apply to all proponents and the provisions will apply retrospectively. Proponents should carefully consider the extent of the risk to their companies, associated entities and persons related to the company conducting an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).

In this Alert, Partner Sarah Macoun and Associate Thomas Buckley consider the proposed amendments contained in the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Bill 2016 (Bill) that were introduced into Parliament on 16 March 2016.

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Sarah Macoun
Thomas Buckley
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