Holding regulators to account in New South Wales pollution law: part 1 - the limits of merits review
Decisions made by pollution regulators may impact upon the natural environment, which in turn may have ramifications for many people. Their determinations affect the ecological systems that humans depend upon to survive and for their quality of life - the air we breathe, the water we use and the land that we live on. The consequences may extend beyond the present generation to future generations as well. Once environmental damage has occurred it can be a very lengthy, difficult and often costly process to undertake remediation, assuming it is feasible at all. Some decisions may result in harm so catastrophic that it cannot be reversed.