Officers within EPA Tasmania support the EPA by responding to environmental incidents and public complaints relating to environmental harm.
The EPA has statutory responsibilities in regulating industries in Tasmania under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) and to use its best endeavours to ensure that these activities do not cause unacceptable pollution. Further responsibilities are to respond to environmental incidents and public complaints relating to either alleged non-compliance of these regulated industries or matters of alleged environmental harm resulting from other activities.
The aims in responding to complaints and environmental incidents are:
- To coordinate a response to ensure that environmental harm is prevented or minimised.
- To ascertain the circumstances and gather evidence for any potential breaches of EMPCA and any other non-compliance with legislation that the Environment Protection Authority or EPA Tasmania has responsibility for.