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Tasmanian government seeks public comment on environmental legislation changes

The Tasmanian government is inviting the public to have their say on the draft Environmental Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019, which contains a range of minor improvements proposed for Tasmania’s environmental legislation.

The changes will mostly be made to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA), but some minor changes are also proposed to the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995.

The amendments include clarifying the definition of ‘clean fill’ to facilitate the regulation of the use of clean fill and the conduct of landfills (public and private), enabling the EPA to publicly release monitoring information, providing powers for an EPA Authorised Officer to take appropriate action in emergency situations, and streamlining the process of making and amending environment protection policies.

In addition, some of the proposed changes are aimed at clarifying and correcting omissions under the Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Act 2017. An example is the EPA Director being notified of variations to marine farming licences in order to coordinate regulation.

A copy of the draft Bill and an explanatory paper are available on the department’s website.

The period for public consultation on the bill is from September 6 to October 4, and the public and stakeholders are invited to make a submission to the department.