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Environment Protection Authority (Victoria)

Environment Protection Authority Victoria
EPA
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Environment Protection Authority logo
Alphington railway station
Agency overview
Formed 1 July 1971
Headquarters 200 Victoria Street, Carlton, 3053
Agency executives Chairperson, Cheryl Batagol
CEO, John Merritt
Website www.epa.vic.gov.au

EPA Victoria (EPA) is part of the environment portfolio (along with the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Sustainability Victoria) charged with protecting the Victorian environment. EPA is an administrative office of the Department of Sustainability and Environment and reports to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.[1]

Overview

EPA’s sole role is to regulate pollution and has independent authority to make regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Based on its regulatory risk model EPA prioritises its compliance and enforcement activity by addressing the biggest risk to the environment and health. More information is contained in the Annual Compliance Plan.[2] EPA aspires to create a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria. By effectively regulating pollution in Victoria, EPA is striving to deliver clean air, healthy waterways, safe land and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians. In 2011 EPA unveiled a ‘5 Year Plan’ to 2016 which provides a blueprint to realise this vision. It features three strategic priorities:

1 Deal with past pollution.

2 Tackle current environmental issues.

3 Shape the environmental future.

Each year an annual plan is released which details areas of focus for the regulator. EPA employs about 400 staff, based at seven locations across Victoria. Offices are located at Carlton (Head office), Macleod, Dandenong, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Bendigo and Geelong.

History

Established under the Environment Protection Act 1970, EPA is the second oldest environmental regulatory agency in the world.[3] It was established to address environmental problems across the state in a systematic and integrated way, bringing together a range of legislation and powers to be administered by a central authority.

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