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Risk-based approach to be considered on the discharge of sewage from boats

28 June 2013

Expressions of Interest are being sought to join an expert working group considering the longer term sewage discharge arrangements for vessels in Tasmanian waters.

The discharge of sewage from vessels is currently prohibited in all State waters under the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1987

Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Alex Schaap said the State Government intends to propose a change to the law about this discharge of pollution to allow for the adoption of a risk-based approach rather than a complete prohibition.

“It may not be necessary for sewage discharge to be prohibited from all vessels in all waters in order to protect our health and the environment,” Mr. Schaap said.

Mr. Schaap is calling for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified boat operators to join a small expert working group to help him develop such a risk-based approach for consideration in the event that the law is amended as proposed.

Advertisements seeking Expressions of Interest from stakeholders with practical knowledge of both commercial and non-commercial vessel operation in State waters to participate in the discussion will appear in Tasmanian newspapers this Saturday (29/6/13)

For more information on how to lodge an expression of interest email: michelle.nichols@environment.tas.gov.au

The invitation for expressions of interest closes at 5pm Monday 22nd July 2013

“Any proposal for longer term arrangements will be available for broader public comment in the future,” Mr. Schaap said.

For more information on the law surrounding the disposal of sewage from vessels in Tasmanian waters can be found here