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2.1 EPA’s Regulatory Approach
Encourage higher performance: The EPA will develop and work with leaders and partners to encourage higher performance and leadership, which will build the case for improving practices and influencing future standards.
Monitor compliance: The EPA will determine the level of compliance with current standards and laws, and maintain a credible risk of detecting non-compliant activities.
‘Compliance’ means following the law. It means obtaining the right approvals or permissions. It means conducting authorized activities in accordance with any conditions or regulatory requirements.
Compliance is the responsibility of all businesses, organizations, governments and individuals. Everyone has obligations under the law. All parties have a social duty of care to the environment to reduce their environmental impact and ensure that future generations experience a clean and improved environment. All duty-holders are accountable to the regulator and the public to prevent and minimize environmental harm.
The EPA undertakes a range of activities on behalf of the public to achieve compliance with the EP Act and Regulations. EPA uses a balanced regulatory approach with a mix of compulsory and voluntary methods. The approach to regulation involves a number of key steps:
a) Inform and educate:
In order to raise awareness of environmental impacts, obligations, and EPA’s role and social duty of care for the environment and human health, a key role for EPA is to raise awareness of environmental laws and requirements; environmental quality; the environmental and health impacts of activities and individual duty of care; and, EPA’s role and jurisdiction.
EPA will promote its aspirations for an improved environment. This will be done by stating what is the responsibility for environmental impacts from the activities of permit holder- business, industry, local and state agencies, and individuals. We all share a social duty of care to protect the environment and to not cause harm.
EPA will broadly promote its purpose, jurisdiction and role in protecting the environment. We will clearly communicate our regulatory approach and how we work with co-regulators, community, business, government and non-governmental organizations to protect, care for and improve the environment.
EPA emphasizes education and raising awareness as an effective way of encouraging people to comply. Broad knowledge of what the environmental obligations are under the law will increase compliance and provide a common understanding for EPA to enforce the law.
EPA will regularly communicate compliance levels and broadly promote its enforcement strategy, and compliance plan, and conduct compliance campaigns to provide clear information about areas or issues we are focusing on.