Community reporting and feedback has helped inform EPA’s compliance priorities
in 2012-13 for south west Victoria.
EPA South West Manager Eve Graham said EPA’s Annual Compliance Plan 2012-13
articulates what the regulator will specifically investigate and issues in the
south west that were impacting local communities.
“EPA’s south west arm will look specifically at long standing noise complaints
regarding gas plants in the Port Campbell area to plan how we manage the issue
going forward along with investigating noise sources in the North Geelong
industrial area,” Ms Graham said.
“We are also focused on inspecting licensed sites, contaminated sites and
closed landfills, and monitoring waste management practises by small industries
in Moolap – an area not connected to the sewer with potential to discharge
directly to Corio Bay.”
The South West office will also continue to support statewide operational
strategies for things like large-scale illegal dumping, dairy effluent
management, small wastewater treatment plants, sediment run-off from
construction sites and dairy processing facilities.
EPA’s south west region received 986 pollution reports to EPA’s Pollution for
the 2011-12 financial years. The majority were air reports followed by noise,
water, waste and land.
Ms Graham said the process of community reporting and feedback through forums
and via EPA’s Pollution Hotline is vitally important for EPA to ensure areas of
most importance are targeted in its field and compliance work.
“EPA has targeted industry sectors and businesses based on its understanding of
their compliance level and the risk they pose to the environment and the
community,” Ms Graham said.
“The Annual Compliance Plan will ensure that business and the community are
clear on the actions of the regulator for this coming financial year.
“EPA is putting all its effort into being out there and working hard to be
progressively more efficient – which is what modern regulators do.”
To view the Annual Compliance Plan visit www.epa.vic.gov.au.