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Land and groundwater
EPA regulates and monitors many of the beneficial uses of land....
Last updated on 4 Jul 2017
Advice for planning authorities
Environment Protection Authority Victoria and the former Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Environment. Land, Water and Planning) prepared a guidance document to assist responsible planning authorities in considering potential site contamination when preparing a planning scheme amendment or issuing a planning permit.
The Planning practice note: Potentially contaminated land (PDF 74KB) outlines key points from the Planning and Environment Act, Ministe...
Last updated on 10 Jun 2015
Contaminated Environments Strategy
New strategy to better manage contaminated environments released
EPA Victoria has released a new strategy to better manage contaminated environments across Victoria, as part of a strategic priority to ‘deal with past pollution’.
In 1997 it was estimated there was at least 10,000 contaminated environments in Victoria, which are a legacy of the industrial and manufacturing heritage of the state. This estimate does not include groundwater impacts which were not required to be reported...
Last updated on 12 Feb 2013
Map of zones across Victoria
EPA is making existing information about groundwater quality easier to find via an interactive web tool, updated as EPA decisions are made.
You can now easily search a map of Victoria to find where a ‘groundwater quality restricted use zone’ is. These are areas where there has been historic groundwater pollution as a result of previous industrial activity.
These zones have been subject to cleanup in line with the relevant environmental standards. ...
Last updated on 23 Dec 2014
PFAS in Victoria
On this page:
What are PFAS?
Are these chemicals manufactured or used in Australia?
Why are PFAS a problem?
EPA’s role in dealing with PFAS
What are PFAS?
A group of manufactured chemicals called per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have historically been used in firefighting foams and other industrial and consumer products for many decades. The two most well-known PFAS are PFOS (perfluorooctane sulphonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). These t...
Last updated on 21 Aug 2017
Human health and trichloroethylene (TCE)
How can people be exposed to trichloroethylene?
The most common way people are exposed to TCE is when it evaporates into the air and they breathe it in.
This may happen in industrial facilities where it is used as a cleaning solvent. In some cases, TCE in groundwater may evaporate and move up through the soil, entering buildings through cracks or gaps in basements as a gas that could be inhaled. If the contaminated groundwater is used for cooking, swimming or washing, TCE may be swallowed...
Last updated on 19 Jun 2017
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution. It develops policies, regulations and guidelines to prevent and control noise, and partners with other agencies (including local councils, Victoria Police and transport agencies such as VicRoads) to provide advice on the best ways to implement them. Noise pollution is regulated by different authorities and levels of government.
What is noise pollution?
Noise pollution i...
Last updated on 2 Jun 2017
Commercial and industrial noise
Information for residents reporting noise
Introduction to noise standards
Wind energy facility noise
Commercial and industrial noise includes noise from industry, commercial premises, office blocks, shops, mines and quarries and some farming activities.
Noise from businesses can significantly impact on local communities, particularly where it disturbs sleep at night. Ongoing noise disturbance can impact on human health. EPA sets standard...
Last updated on 23 Dec 2014
Construction sites are a common source of noise pollution in Victoria. About 400,000 people are disturbed by construction noise annually.
The main community concerns include early starts, loud radios, insufficient notification and excessive hours of operation. Ongoing noise can cause stress and health impacts, so construction contractors need to be considerate when emitting noise.
EPA provides guidelines and legislation to help manage construction noise. These are often applied by local gove...
Last updated on 6 Aug 2012
Entertainment venue noise
Loud music from entertainment venues can be a problem, especially late at night.
State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) No. N-2 has been developed for the control of music from non-residential premises.
Noise requirements based on this policy are often included in a venue's liquor licence (Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation) or planning permit (Department of Planning and Community Development).
EPA enforces th...
Last updated on 12 Feb 2014