The Victorian EPA is calling for public consultation on their revised environmental regulations and standards, which apply from July 2020.
According to EPA Executive Director Tim Eaton, the new regulations and standards are part of the Victorian Government’s modernisation of the EPA, through the recently passed Environment Protection Act.
“The new act and regulations will give the EPA more power to prevent pollution and hold polluters to account,” Mr Eaton said.
“Where the new act lays out the increased powers and responsibilities, the regulations and standards fill in the details and create certainty for duty holders to meet their obligations.”
Mr Eaton said the draft regulations outline obligations in relation to environment protection, pollution incidents, contaminated land and waste.
“As an example, the new act allows the EPA to require duty holders to be licensed, permitted or registered,” Mr Eaton said.
“The regulations then provide the detail of what activities will require a licence, permit or registration.”
The EPA and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will review all public submissions, before releasing a public report that includes submission responses and final regulations and standards.
“We want to hear from community groups, industry, small business operators, anyone with an existing EPA licence, environmental lobby groups or any other member of the public or industry with an interest in the environment protection laws,” Mr Eaton said.
“Have your say on proposed regulations and standards that relate to waste, permissions and licences, water, noise, air and contaminated land.”