The purpose of a compliance plan is to enable a person who, for reasons satisfactory to the NT EPA, is or will be, unable to comply with a provision of the Regulations or of an environment protection objective.
A compliance plan provides for a staged approach to improvements that will enable at the conclusion of the program the person to comply with the provision.
Compliance plans may be voluntary, required by the NT EPA under section 58 of the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998 ('the Act') or be ordered by the Court under section 59 of the Act. Compliance plans must be approved by the NT EPA. Contravention or failure to comply with a compliance plan may be considered an offence under the Act.
Compliance plans may be amended or revoked by the NT EPA. Voluntary compliance plans cannot be amended by the NT EPA without the consent of the person to whom the compliance plan relates.
Compliance must be achieved no later than five years after the commencement of a compliance plan.
There are currently no compliance plans that have been approved by the NT EPA.