Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)
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An air monitoring station adjacent to Alphington railway station
|Formed||1 July 1971|
|Headquarters||200 Victoria Street, Carlton, 3053|
|Agency executives||Chairperson, Cheryl Batagol
CEO, Nial Finegan
Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is part of the environment portfolio—along with the Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI)  and Sustainability Victoria—charged with protecting the Victorian environment. The EPA is an independent authority that reports to DEPI and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
EPA's sole role is to regulate pollution. It has independent authority to make regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Based on its regulatory risk model, EPA prioritises its compliance and enforcement activity by addressing the biggest risk to the environment and health. More information is contained in the Annual Compliance Plan.
The EPA’s role is one of both prevention and response relevant to reducing the harmful effects caused to the environment by pollution. During emergency events EPA provides expert advice to emergency services. The EPA is called on regularly to respond to pollution incidents, such as industrial spills, and natural disasters, such as bush fires or floods. During bushfire season, the EPA provides advice and forecasting on the impacts of bushfire smoke.
The EPA also monitors compliance with the Environment Protection Act. In line with current international regulatory practice, the EPA adopts a ‘risk based’ regulatory approach. This means that it allocates resources where the greatest difference can be made regarding potential harm to the environment and the likelihood of non-compliance.
EPA aspires to create a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria. By effectively regulating pollution in Victoria, EPA is striving to deliver clean air, healthy waterways, safe land, and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians.
Each year, an annual plan is released which details areas of focus for the regulator. In 2011, EPA unveiled a "5 Year Plan" to 2016 which provides a blueprint to realise its objectives. It features three strategic priorities:
- Deal with past pollution.
- Tackle current environmental issues.
- Shape the environmental future.
Established under the Environment Protection Act 1970, EPA is the second oldest environmental regulatory agency in the world. It was established to address environmental problems across the state in a systematic and integrated way, bringing together a range of legislation and powers to be administered by a central authority.
- "Our structure". Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria. Department of Environment and Primary Industries. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- "Who we are". EPA Victoria. State Government of Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria. 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- "Annual Compliance Plan 2012–13". EPA Victoria. State Government of Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria. 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- "Between a rock and a hard place. The story of the development of the EPA", EPA Victoria, 1996, p.13.