Information provided by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) governing the environmental regulation of industrial and contaminated sites across the State is now available to the public via ListMap.
The EPA has added a new layer to Tasmania's ListMap, entitled 'EPA Regulated Premises', which provides the spatial location of each of the activities regulated by the EPA across the State and the associated regulatory documents.
This means that the public now have ready access to the latest environmental regulatory information for Tasmanian industries that fall under the EPA's regulation. With the click of a button, ListMap users can search for any EPA-regulated premises by precise location and view the documents and other regulatory data that applies to that particular premise.
The EPA regulates over 500 premises across the State for a wide range of 'environmentally relevant' activities, including industrial premises (Level 2 Activities) and contaminated sites, under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. Regulatory documents are generated for each of these activities and specify the EPA's conditions for their operation. Examples include Environment Protection Notices (EPNs), Environmental Licences (ELs), Contaminated Site Notices (CSNs) and Permit Conditions Environmental (PCEs).
Although these documents have always been legally available to the public, they have previously been provided in response to requests, requiring an EPA staff person to retrieve the information manually from the internal EPA regulatory database. Now the ListMap layer is linked directly to the EPA database so that any changes to the regulatory documents are automatically updated within 24 hours.
Making these regulatory documents more accessible to the public has been a priority of the EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford.
“Providing transparency is a key value of the EPA and it is also in line with the Government's commitment to routine public disclosure," he said.
“The data and system maintenance requirements are minimal, and ListMap is self-maintaining," Mr Ford said.
Along with the Director, the EPA Board has been a keen supporter of this project, which was a joint undertaking by staff of EPA Tasmania, Land Tasmania and Information Technology Branch within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). Over the past 12 months they have successfully linked the two separate data systems, and established the metadata and processes.
The EPA Regulated Premises layer of ListMap is easy to access, either directly here or navigate from ListMap by selecting the Layers' tab, and adding the EPA Regulated Premises layer, under the Environment category.