As Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA advises the North East Link Project (the project) on: 

  • managing contaminated soil and other waste 
  • air quality 
  • managing water and groundwater 
  • noise mitigation measures. 

EPA issued a works approval for tunnel ventilation system

Under the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017, the project needs a works approval to build the tunnel ventilation system. The project based their application on a reference design. EPA assessed the works approval application for potential impacts including: 

  • air and noise emissions 
  • greenhouse gas 
  • energy efficiency 
  • ventilation system design best practice.

We have issued a works approval (PDF; 450KB), subject to conditions. We have produced a non-technical summary, North East Link tunnel ventilation system works approval decision (publication 1832). The full works approval assessment report (PDF; 3.1MB) is also available.

Find out about the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process for the North East Link Tunnel Project

EPA provides technical and regulatory advice to the project. Our advice helps the project comply with the Environment Protection Act 1970 and Regulations. We encourage the project to use best practice and reduce the risk of harm to human health and the environment.

The Minister for Planning required the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process. The EES assessed the project’s potential environmental, social, economic and planning impacts. The project’s Environmental Performance Requirements from the EES process provide an approach to manage these impacts. The EES documents are available from North East Link Project.

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Reviewed 4 September 2020