EPA Annual Report 2013-2014

Contents
Letter to the Minister
Message from the Chairman
Contents
About the EPA: Legislative framework; Functions of the Authority; Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; Other departments and agencies; Bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth; Reform update; What does it mean when the EPA decides not to assess?; When does the EPA say no?; Western Australia’s environmental challenge 16.
Land: Pressure point: Cumulative development pressure on the BIF ranges of the Midwest Region; Pressure point: Pilbara cumulative impacts; Key issue: Mine closure planning; Key issue: Rehabilitation of disturbed landscapes; Success story: Protecting a botanical jewel; Success story: Bush Forever.
Sea: Key issue: Protecting marine water quality; Key issue: Understanding the impacts of dredging; Key issue: Protecting Cockburn Sound; Success story: Protecting Port Hedland mangroves.
Water: Key issue: Managing the legacy of mine pit lakes; Key issue: Shale and tight gas regulation; Success story: Safeguarding Western Swamp Tortoise habitat.
Air: Key issue: Waste to energy; Key issue: Greenhouse gas emissions and our changing climate; Success story: Kwinana air shed protection.
People: Pressure point: Port Hedland air quality; Key issue: Community concerns about wind farm developments.
Other issues: Progress on implementation of offset policy and practice; Environmental data.
The Authority: The EPA Board; EPA meetings and site visits; Stakeholder relations; Stakeholder Reference Group; Student support.

Published Date: 
October 2014