Published 13 May 2011
The Environmental Protection Authority Act was passed yesterday, enabling the authority to take over environmental regulation functions from the Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Environmental Risk Management Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade from 1 July.
These functions include national consenting under the Resource Management Act, the regulation of hazardous substances & new organisms, the emissions trading scheme, and New Zealand’s international obligations on hazardous waste, preserving the ozone layer and assessment of environmental effects in Antarctica.
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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.