recent EPA news

You may have missed this recent good news…in early 2016 an independent group was enlisted to review the role of the EPA. There were many local community meetings across the state to obtain feedback from the community about expectations of this authority. CCS was represented by Liz who attended one of these consultative meetings in Ringwood. We, in the committee subsequently discussed the issues and submitted a response to that independent Inquiry.

Below are some of the highlights announced recently and detailed below. There are to be are funds for Environment Protection Officers networked across Local Government  & the EPA will have a strengthened role in Strategic land use Planning

Excerpt from the news release below…………go to end of page for link to full report

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment of $45.5 million over the next 18 months to better protect Victorians and their environment from the harmful effects of pollution and waste.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio today confirmed the Government’s support for all 48 recommendations (40 fully, seven in principle, one in part) made by the Independent EPA Inquiry, completed in March 2016.

EPA CEO Nial Finegan said EPA was committed to delivering on the Government’s vision of a stronger environmental regulator, better equipped to meet new and emerging environmental challenges.

“The new framework will give EPA greater powers to use its statutory tools to prevent harm to the environment occurring, rather than after it has occurred,” he said.

Funding committed to by Government will kick start an extensive reform program and includes:

  • $6.5 million to boost EPA’s prosecution strategy and fund more investigators, environment protection officers and legal staff to hold polluters to account.
  • $3.3 million to deliver improvements in how EPA uses technology to communicate, including the development of a new digital strategy and $2.4 million to develop a database of legacy contamination risks.
  • $4.8 million to pilot new ways to respond to local noise, dust and odour issues through a network of local government environment protection officers.
  • $4.8 million to provide an expanded, specialist environmental public health team within EPA.
  • $1.5 million to strengthen EPA’s role in strategic land use planning.

EPA will continue work to implement recommendations committed to by Government in May 2016, including:

  • Welcoming an interim board with the skills and expertise to guide EPA in delivering reform.
  • Recruiting a Chief Environmental Scientist to strengthen and promote EPA’s scientific base.
  • Creating EPA’s Environmental Public Health unit with transfer of experienced staff from the Department of Health and Human Services to EPA.

Read the full details here

January 20, 2017 · Liz Sanzaro · No Comments
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