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The Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007 apply requirements to a range of industrial and commercial activities with the potential for significant environmental impacts. They prescribe premises in Victoria that are required to obtain an EPA works approval and/or licence, and/or provide a financial assurance.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) are reviewing these Regulations before they expire in mid-2017.
Proposed 2017 Regulations and regulatory impact statement
In October 2016, DELWP and EPA released the regulatory impact statement (RIS) (publication 1639) for the proposed 2017 Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations, including an exposure draft of the Regulations, with comments sought by mid-December.
The RIS found the preferred option is to remake the current regulations, with amendments to:
- require large reprocessors of electronic waste and glass to obtain a works approval and/or licence
- limit works approval and licence exemptions for new sources of emissions to air of fine particles (PM2.5)
- limit works approval exemptions for small municipal landfills to those in use prior to the commencement of the proposed Regulations
- remove works approval and licensing requirements for premises that temporarily store asbestos and lower-hazard liquid wastes, under strict conditions
- exempt from works approval requirements potable water treatment plants and some modification works at sewage treatment plants
- clarify the descriptions and/or thresholds for works approval and licensing requirements in relation to organic waste processing (previously composting), intensive animal industries and beverage manufacturing
- make minor and administrative changes in relation to the emergency storage of biomedical waste, energy from waste facilities, livestock saleyards and holding pens, fish farms, rendering facilities, contaminated soil facilities, seafood processing premises and printing facilities.
Comments were sought on the RIS and proposed 2017 Regulations from 20 October to 16 December 2016. We received 29 submissions from stakeholders on the content and design of the proposed Regulations and EPA’s administration of works approvals and licences.
The feedback we received will inform the finalisation of the 2017 Regulations. A summary of comments and responses to them, together with the final version of the Regulations, will be published by June 2017. The amended regulations are proposed to take effect from 25 June 2017.
The non-confidential submissions we received are published below. (Some parts of the comments have been redacted – blacked out – for privacy reasons.)
Earlier discussion paper on the review
To help inform the review, DELWP and EPA published a discussion paper in November 2015.
How to receive updates on the review
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