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EPA sets out its ambitions for environmental leadership

A greater emphasis on ensuring businesses, importers and manufacturers are following environmental rules, and engaging with communities to identify common environmental concerns and solutions, are two goals that feature prominently in the EPA’s four-year business plan.

The EPA’s Statement of Intent 2019-2023, sets out the organisation’s ongoing ambition and commitment to proactive regulation.

Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth says, “Our journey to become a proactive environmental regulator, providing leadership on key challenges and acting to ensure compliance with the rules, is well underway.”

”Over the next four years, we will shift from our current focus on processing applications and related work to giving more emphasis to compliance monitoring and enforcement.”

“Changes to the  Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, which came into force in December 2017, gave us new powers to enforce the requirement for hazardous substances to have official approval for import, manufacture, supply and use in New Zealand.”

Read EPA’s Statement of Intent 2019-2023