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Public comment sought on EPA Victoria’s environment regulations and standards

The Victorian EPA is inviting people to have their say on environment and waste management in the state as it implements news environmental regulations and standards from July 2020.

The new regulations and standards are part of the Victorian government’s modernisation of the EPA through the newly passed Environment Protection Act.

EPA executive director, Tim Eaton, encouraged people to have their say on the new Act, which relates to waste, permissions and licences, water, noise, air and contaminated land.

“The new Act and regulations will give EPA more power to prevent pollution and hold polluters to account.

“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,” Eaton said.

The draft regulations set out obligations in relation to environment protection, pollution incidents, contaminated land and waste.

They offer duty holders a sense of certainty as they set out to meet obligations to reduce the risk of harm to public health and the environment, Eaton explained.

“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.

“By contributing to the new laws that will take effect in 2020, you will be helping to shape the tools that protect the environment and public health for all Victorians,” Eaton said.

The public comment period, open until end of October, can include detailed technical submissions as well as simple suggestions.

The draft regulations and standards can be found on the EPA website and the Engage Vic website.