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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.
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.
Certain high-risk commercial or industrial activities are required to seek approval from EPA prior to building new equipment or facilities, discharging waste to the environment (even in emergency situations) or handling certain chemicals or wastes. Works approvals and research, development and demonstration approvals (RD&Ds) approvals are examples of the types of permissions that are key preventative mechanisms through which EPA protects the Victorian environment.
In 2014–15 EPA will continue to conduct both desktop assessments and inspections across a range of approvals to ensure they are complied with. In particular, we will focus on works approvals, research, development and demonstration (RD&D) approvals, emergency or commissioning approvals and works approval exemptions. Compliance with approval conditions will be assessed either during the approval validity period or upon expiry, according to reporting requirements.
All standard works approvals and RD&Ds will be inspected to confirm works are complete. All fast-tracked works approvals (those issued for lower-risk activities that pose no adverse effect to third parties) and exemptions will be assessed for works complete upon notification by the operator. These may receive a desktop assessment instead of an inspection if more appropriate.
High-risk emergency discharge approvals will also be inspected. EPA is reviewing its procedures for the issue emergency discharge approvals and duty holders should ensure that they consider whether the need to discharge waste was foreseeable before they apply.
Page last updated on 4 Jul 2017