EPA seeks submissions on changes to rules for disposal of hazardous substances

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on proposals to change the rules for managing the disposal of hazardous substances. The changes are part of a wider government effort to improve workplace health and safety. The EPA Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice aims to simplify and consolidate the way disposal of hazardous substances is managed. Generally, the proposed changes are a technical ‘tidy-up’ of regulations that are out of date and no longer fit for purpose. The EPA propose: deleting rules that are no longer needed; updating rules that are out of date; and transferring current rules that are fit for purpose and the updated rules into an EPA Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice. The disposal notice will replace the existing Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Regulations 2001. Notices are a new tool for the EPA to set rules under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and are approved by the EPA Board rather than Cabinet. This approval process allows regulatory changes to be made quickly allowing the EPA to keep up with international and technological developments. The consultation will run from 11 July 2016 – 22 August 2016. The public are invited to make submissions on the proposed notice. Further information is available at: /View the consultation document (1.46 MB)  /Download a submission form (160 Kb)

NZ EPA Hazardous Substance Bulletin, July 2016 ;http://www.epa.govt.nz ;