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b) Set Standards:
Providing clear and authoritative standards based on science and community aspirations, The EPA sets environmental standards and expectations for all activities through regulation, policy and permits. These standards are based on good science and consideration of community aspirations. The EPA promotes compliance by setting clear standards and raising awareness of risks and controls to protect the environment. The EPA will be clear about what the law requires and will support permit and non permit holders to achieve compliance by setting clear standards and providing guidance on how they can be met. Standards focus on key causes of environmental harm, seek to protect our sensitive environments and drive environmental improvement. Standards are based on rigorous science, evidence, an understanding of the state of environment and current and future risks. Standards will evolve over time with changing environmental conditions, national and international standards and individual aspirations.
The EPA will work with industry associations, businesses, community organizations, ministries and governmental organizations in developing standards and promoting good practice. In order to ensure laws and standards evolve and that standards of protection continuously rise to meet those standards, EPA supports Permit holders to perform beyond current standards.
c) Supporting Compliance:
Providing practical, constructive and authoritative advice on how to comply with the law. The EPA promotes compliance by providing advice on how to comply with the law, and, where non-compliance is found, how to remedy it. The EPA uses advice, guidance and partnerships to ensure Permit and non Permit holders to understand what compliance is and how to identify and manage the risks of their activities. One of EPA’s key functions is to provide advice to any person who has a duty or obligation under the EP Act, regulations or policy about hot to comply with that duty or obligation. EPA and its officers will provide practical and constructive advice on how to comply with the law, interpret standards and where necessary, provide support on how to remedy any non-compliance. This compliance advice may include referring people to applicable codes of practice, best practice management guidelines, protocols for environmental management, international standards or other relevant information.
Compliance advice does not extend to providing legal advice; the onus for compliance will always rest with the party who has a duty or obligation under the law. The advice EPA provides will not give any additional legal rights or defenses for any alleged non-compliance with the law. The degree to which a party takes into account advice provided by the EPA will be taken into consideration when deciding whether to prosecute.