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Air quality is important to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Most air pollution comes from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning.
EPA plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Free apps to help protect health and the environment.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA works to protect Victoria from pollution during major infrastructure projects.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
Guidance for business and industry, including licensing, works approvals and planning.
Information about the fees and charges levied by EPA.
EPA’s organisational strategy sets out five goals and how we'll work with Victorians to achieve them.
EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
The process to submit complaints about the conduct of an EPA authorised officer.
EPA issues licences to sites that pose an environmental risk due to the nature of their activities. These sites are required by law to obtain permission for those activities and must operate within the limits of their licence and comply with licence conditions. EPA licences allow businesses to discharge wastes into the environment under strict conditions and to manage prescribed industrial wastes.
In 2012–13 EPA commenced a program to inspect every licensed site by the end of 2014–15. During these inspections, EPA authorised officers checked compliance against each sites’ licence and gathered specific data to support the development of EPA’s Licensed Operator Risk Assessment (LORA) model. The LORA model emphasises a licence holder’s ability to identify and control site risks. It uses multiple sets of data, including those gathered on site during a licence inspection, to calculate a unique risk score for each site. This risk score indicates the risk of harm to the environment and the risk of non-compliance and will allow EPA to set the frequency of inspections that is proportionate to the risks posed at each site.
In 2014–15 EPA’s Authorised Officers will visit the licensed sites that have not been inspected in the last two years to assess performance against licence requirements and gather data to support the LORA model. They may also revisit sites to get updated or additional data. Officers will also focus on management practices and validating licence holders’ annual performance statement (APS) submissions. These inspections may be unannounced.
EPA Authorised Officers will address minor risks and non-compliances by asking the operator to remedy it in their presence, or if the risk is more significant they will issue a remedial notice. EPA will also enforce against sites that do not have suitable controls or have failed to remedy any outstanding compliance issue that has been identified in the APS.
Page last updated on 29 Dec 2017