As Western Australia's primary environmental protection legislation, the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) provides the legal framework for the environmental impact assessments conducted by the EPA.
Amendments to the EP Act were passed by the Western Australian Parliament in November 2020. Amendments relating to Part IV of the EP Act are scheduled to come into force in August 2021. To implement the amendments, the EPA has revised its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures suite.
The EPA is seeking your views on operational and practicability issues associated with revision to its EIA procedures suites. In particular, how they affect the following:
- Achievement of environmental protection
- Efficient processes
- Proportionality of information – information needs are dependent on the nature and risk of impacts
The EPA strongly encourages submissions to be made through the EPA’s Consultation Hub. The consultation closes at 5pm 31 May 2021.
Links to the primary documents in the EPA’s EIA procedures suite are listed below:
- Administrative procedures
- Procedures manual
- Statement of environmental principles, factors, objectives and aims of EIA
A summary of the EIA process is included for your information. This is a new document which summarises the EPA’s EIA process.