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Definitions

Waste Management and Pollution Control Act

The terms used in relation to the Water Act and Waste Management and Pollution Control Act have the meaning give in that Act. For your convenience, some of the terms are provided below.

Material environmental harm means environmental harm that:

(a)  is not trivial or negligible in nature;
(b)  consists of an environmental nuisance of a high impact or on a wide scale;
(c)  results, or is likely to result, in not more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount (whichever is greater) being spent in taking
appropriate action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment; or
(d)  results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of not more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount (whichever is greater).

Serious environmental harm means environmental harm that is more serious than material environmental harm and includes environmental harm that:

(a)  is irreversible or otherwise of a high impact or on a wide scale;
(b)  damages an aspect of the environment that is of a high conservation value, high cultural value or high community value or is of
special significance;
(c)  results or is likely to result in more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount (whichever is greater) being spent in taking appropriate
action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment; or
(d)  results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount (whichever is greater).