Today marks the commencement of the structural and organisational separation of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania into a standalone independent State Authority.
While the EPA will remain as Tasmania's independent environmental
assessment and regulatory body, the move to an independent State Authority will
provide additional clarity on the independent role of the EPA, while also
broadening the EPA's responsibility for environmental assessments in Tasmania.
To further support this change and better define the level of independence, legislative amendments to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 will be required.
These amendments will be subject to public consultation before being tabled in Parliament.
The Board, Director and staff of the EPA look forward to working towards this new and exciting era.