Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)

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Environment Protection Authority Victoria
EPA
Environment Protection Authority Victoria logo.jpg
Environment Protection Authority logo
EPA air monitor Alphington.jpg
An air monitoring station adjacent to Alphington railway station
Agency overview
Formed 1 July 1971
Headquarters 200 Victoria Street, Carlton, 3053
Employees 350 approx
Agency executives Chairperson, Cheryl Batagol
CEO, Nial Finegan
Website www.epa.vic.gov.au

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is part of the environment portfolio—along with the Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) [3] and Sustainability Victoria—charged with protecting the Victorian environment. EPA is an independent authority that reports to DEPI and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.[1]

Overview[edit]

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.[2]

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:

EPA employs about 350 staff, based at seven locations across Victoria. Offices are located at Carlton (head office), Macleod, Dandenong, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Bendigo, and Geelong.

EPA Vehicle

History[edit]

Established under the Environment Protection Act 1970, EPA is the second oldest environmental regulatory agency in the world.[3] 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.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Between a rock and a hard place. The story of the development of the EPA", EPA Victoria, 1996, p.13.