The Environment Protection Bill 2017 (Vic) has been introduced to Parliament and legislates the function of the Environment Protection Authority. The Environment Protection Authority was established in 1970 however the landscape of environmental regulation has since changed warranting a change to the substantive and administrative structure of the Environment Protection Authority. The Bill will introduce a statutory objective for the Environment Protection Authority ‘to protect human health and the environment by reducing harmful effects of pollution and waste’. The Environment Protection Authority is currently a public administration body but under the new Act it will become independent public entity. The responsible Minister may still issue, via a gazette notice, certain criteria to guide classes of proposals that are significant and should be referred to the Environment Protection Authority.
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