The purpose of this Statement is to communicate how, for the purposes of environmental impact assessment, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA):
- considers the object and principles of the Environmental Protection Act 1986
- uses environmental factors and environmental objectives to organise and systemise environmental impact assessment and reporting
- takes a holistic view of the environment and a proposal or scheme’s potential impact on the environment
- considers significance when determining whether or not to assess a proposal or scheme and recommend whether or not an assessed proposal or scheme may be implemented.
In the current version (Version 2.0), the Statement has been updated to clarify the consideration of significance and to reflect the revised environmental objective for Landforms and the new environmental factor Inland Waters, which is an amalgamation of the two previous factors Hydrological Processes and Inland Waters Environmental Quality.