Public consultation has now opened on the draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control Amendment Bill 2022 (EMPC).
The draft Bill proposes changes to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA), which is Tasmania's principal piece of environmental legislation.
These changes cover four areas:
Strengthening the independence of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
Expanding the powers of the Director, EPA, to make monitoring information available to the public
Establishing processes for making Environmental Standards to manage activities that may affect the State's natural environment
Establishing processes for making Technical Standards to help implement Environmental Standards, State Policies, Environment Protection Policies or National Environment Protection Measures.
On 1 December 2021, the EPA became an independent State Authority. This Bill will confirm those changes in legislation and include powers to ensure the Ministerial Statement of Expectation aligns with the objectives of EMPCA and the functions and powers of the EPA Board, as well as provisions to clarify the powers of the Director and strengthen their independence.
Written submissions can be emailed to Environment.Policy@nre.tas.gov.au, with the consultation period open until 5 pm on June 3.
The Consultation Draft and Explanatory Paper are available on the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania website.