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EPA achieved or exceeded nine out of the 12 targets in 2013–14 and made significant progress with meeting the objectives of its strategic compliance projects.
EPA was able to respond to the Hazelwood coal mine fire in Morwell during February and March of 2014 that involved many EPA authorised officers and staff for weeks, both during and after the incident.
EPA authorised officers conducted 2,950 inspections on 2074 premises; 13 per cent more than the previous year, indicating that we are reaching more businesses that have legal obligations. This output increase resulted from efficiency gains in how we operate in our compliance and enforcement activities. The inspections were aimed at maintaining our regulatory oversight, proactively and strategically preventing future pollution and responding to pollution and emergency incidents. In 2013–14, a portion of EPA’s work was proactive strategic inspections, and nearly twice as many strategic inspections were completed compared to 2012–13.
During all inspections officers assessed whether duty holders were compliant with either the EP Act 1970 or the conditions of their EPA-issued approval or direction, provided advice and guidance to support duty holders to be compliant, and collected evidence for enforcement action if a breach or pollution was identified. Officers issued 604 remedial notices to approximately 440 individual sites. This is a 25 per cent increase from the previous year, and the number of individual sites is up by 23 per cent, indicating that EPA is fixing more problems at more sites. However, compliance was higher at EPA-licensed sites than last financial year.
Between January and May 2014, EPA conducted authorised officer training and specialist subject training. These training programs were aimed at maintaining our critical mass of authorised officers, and the skills and knowledge required for EPA to appropriately respond to Victoria’s changing environmental needs in a consistent manner. These training programs contained theoretical and practical components and required support and mentoring from some of our senior authorised officers.