The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is Tasmania’s principal environmental regulator headed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with four divisions: Office of the CEO; Environmental Regulation; Environmental Assessments and Salmon Environmental Management.
The EPA’s purpose is to regulate developments and activities that may impact on environmental quality and to promote best practice, sustainable environmental management. Its goals are clean air, clean water, clean land, acceptable noise levels and sustainable use of resources.
The EPA administers the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and is an integral part of Tasmania's Resource Management and Planning System and under this legislation the EPA Director (the CEO) is a member of the Board.
Both the Board and the Director exercise powers at arm's length from State Government and have independent statutory powers under the Act.
Read more about the EPA Board and the EPA Board members.
Specialist EPA staff support the Board and Director to make well informed environmental assessment decisions, through an efficient integrated assessment process. EPA regulators ensure that major industrial, municipal and community activities employ best practice environmental management.
The EPA also promotes and facilitates the adoption of clean and sustainable practices, to provide the community with information about the quality of the environment and to improve ambient environmental quality, including the remediation of historical environmental damage.