Public comment is invited on the proposed Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Environmental Licences) Regulations 2018.
The Environmental Licences Regulations will be made under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. The Regulations will support various amendments made to the Act in December 2017 in relation to the regulation of finfish farming by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). All marine and inland fish farms will in future require an environmental licence.
It is proposed that the Regulations cover the following matters:
- a special penalty for the contravention of environmental licence conditions relating to the rate of dissolved nitrogen output from a fish farming activity (similar to the special penalty prescribed under the Marine Farming Planning Regulations 2016);
- the prescribed period in which application must be made for the renewal of a fixed‑term environmental licence;
- prescribed infringement notice offences and penalties; and
- criteria for the determination by the Director, EPA on whether or not to refer an environmental licence application or licence variation application (in relation to marine farming) to the Board of the EPA for assessment.
The draft Regulations can be viewed here.
Alternatively, a printed copy may be obtained by telephoning EPA Tasmania on (03) 6165 4599.
Comments must be in writing and submitted to:
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 1550
HOBART TAS 7001
Closing date for comments is midnight 29 June 2018.
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