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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.
Large bushfires, chemical spills and industrial fires can all impact on air quality and may pose a threat to human health. Emergency response agencies, such as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), are usually the first to attend these types of incidents.
EPA Victoria supports emergency services during major air pollution events by:
EPA has the capacity to respond to multiple incidents at one time.
From the time incident air monitoring is requested, it can take up to 24 hours for air quality data to be available. The time it takes to deploy air monitoring equipment can vary greatly, depending on factors such as the type and location of the incident (click graphic for large image; text description of graphic).
* Air monitors are programmed to calculate average pollution levels over a one-hour period – this is so the data can be compared with relevant air quality standards. We need at least 45 minutes of data to be able to calculate a one-hour average
** From the time EPA begins collecting air quality data, it can take up to 2.5 hours for the first data to appear publicly on the EPA AirWatch website. This is because:
Occasionally, there are circumstances when EPA may not be able to deploy air monitoring equipment during an incident. This could be due to:
Page last updated on 23 Jun 2017