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EPA plays a role in protecting the community from noise pollution.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Our reporting system lets you dob in litterers in cars.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA works to protect Victoria from pollution during major infrastructure projects.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
Guidance for business and industry, including licensing, works approvals and planning.
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EPA’s organisational strategy sets out five goals and how we'll work with Victorians to achieve them.
EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
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As Victoria’s independent environmental regulator, EPA has a key role to play in protecting the community from the potential health impacts of pollution and waste. This is reflected in the works approval system, where EPA considers a project’s potential impact on the environment and human health before granting or withholding permission for it to go ahead.
Works approval application guideline (publication 1658) outlines what types of information we generally require to assess a proposal’s health impacts. Sometimes, however, we may also require a human health risk assessment (HHRA).
This position statement outlines when EPA may use its discretionary powers to require works approval applicants to submit a HHRA or other relevant human health assessment documents. Our use of these powers needs to strike a balance between:
EPA will consider matters such as those below in determining whether a HHRA or other documents may be required to accompany a works approval application:
While a request for a HHRA would usually occur at the pre-application and pre-acceptance stages, it can also come during EPA’s technical assessment of an application.
Any HHRA that accompanies a works approval application must be prepared in accordance with this document: Environmental Health Risk Assessment Guidelines for assessing human health risks from environmental hazards.
Page last updated on 4 Mar 2019