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EPA releases regulatory information for Ocean Monarch oil rig

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is managing the environmental regulation of the Ocean Monarch oil rig while it is being moored temporarily in Ralphs Bay, River Derwent, Hobart for care and maintenance.

The EPA has issued an Environmental Protection Notice (EPN) to the Diamond Offshore General Company to cover the operations of the oil rig while it is in its current location.

The EPA has granted approval for the temporary mooring until 31 January 2019.

The EPN was issued under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 on the basis that the oil rig activity may cause serious or material environmental harm or environmental nuisance.

The EPN requires the company to provide the EPA with an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) in compliance with its general environmental duty.

The EMP outlines how the company is meeting the EPA's conditions for the management of sewage and waste, noise emissions, flood-lighting at night and chemical pollutants.

Given the level of public interest in the management of the oil rig, the EPA has released both documents, which are available via the EPA website by clicking on the links below.