The proposed final Regulations contain detailed obligations to manage risks to air and water. Many of these were in the state environment protection policies (SEPPs) and waste management policies (WMPs).
For air, this includes an obligation to:
- control emissions of class-three substances. These substances are those that are high risk because they’re carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic. This means they could be harmful to human health.
- maintain supply and manufacturing standards for solid wood heaters
- manage and contain ozone-depleting substances
- continue to report emissions under the National Pollutant Inventory.
For water, the proposed final Regulations:
- prohibit the discharge of waste from vessels except in specific circumstances. For example, when cleaning the vessel in the water.
- regulate the approval of discharges of wastewater in special water supply catchments
- prescribe the clean-up of non-aqueous phase liquids
- create a new permit requirement to legally discharge waste to aquifers.
The Environment Protection (Transitional) Regulations keep several clauses from the Water SEPP. These clauses are valid for two years under these transitional Regulations. During this time, the clauses will be assessed to see if they need to be kept in other instruments.
Read more about the proposed final Regulations
Reviewed 21 December 2020