The EPA's advice on COVID-19 and your environmental responsibilities

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In light of the current global situation with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our priorities continue to be the health and wellbeing of our employees, and to minimise any disruptions to the delivery of our services.

We have a business continuity plan and processes to deliver our functions in the event of further lock-downs — including the capability of our staff to work from home. Prioritisation of our assessment, approval, compliance, and pollution response activities will continue.

What the EPA ​expects from duty holders

We recognise that this is an unprecedented challenge and recommend all duty holders have a business continuity plan that ensures key processes can continue if staff numbers decrease. Always follow the advice of State and Commonwealth Governments, and any specific health advice for your sector.

Duty holders remain responsible for 

  • the environmental impacts of their activities, and 
  • maintaining and operating pollution control equipment. 

Solid and liquid waste must continue to be consigned and disposed of appropriately, and to approved facilities. 

All permits, licences, notices or other approvals remain in force and conditions must be complied with.  If you need to make any changes to your operations that may affect emissions to the environment, please contact us before implementing changes.

Emergency authorisations may be granted under section 34 of EMPCA for the protection of life, environment or property – for example, the discharge or storage of waste in certain circumstances. If you need an emergency authorisation, please contact us as soon as possible. Approval will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to conditions.

​​How to stay up to date

It is important to follow advice on the following websites:

Information for stakeholders about the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework can be found on the WorkSafe Tasmania website. Industry-specific guidelines are available, including:

Follow COVID-19 updates on ​the Australian Government Department of Health website.

For DPIPWE updates see the COVID-19 Response at DPIPWE webpage. ​​