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24-hour pollution hotline 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842)

The Environment Protection Authority – or EPA Victoria – has been protecting, caring for and improving Victoria’s environment since 1971.

EPA was established as an independent statutory authority under the Environment Protection Act 1970. (The Act). The Act defines EPA’s powers, duties and functions, and provides a framework for the prevention and control of air, land and water pollution, and industrial noise.

EPA’s role is to:

  • Establish environmental standards and assess against them
  • Regulate against these standards
  • Work with organisations to meet the standards and go beyond

What is EPA Victoria doing?

EPA is responsible for regulating industries to meet the requirements of the Environment Protection Act as well as other various state and national policies. It does this by:

  • Operating a licensing system for nominated industries that outlines the conditions of environmental performance;
  • Supporting industry through allocated client relationship managers, to ensure the best possible advice about how to improve their performance;
  • Undertaking compliance monitoring including site inspections, random visits and investigating reports made by local residents;
  • Enforcement of breaches of legislation including fines and prosecutions; and
  • Research into levels and causes of air pollution, including a dust monitoring program and odour surveillance programs.

Only some industries in Brooklyn are licensed by EPA. However all companies must comply with the conditions stated in the Environment Protection Act (1970), whether they are licensed by EPA or not.

Scientific Dust Monitoring Program

EPA started a dust (particle) monitoring program in late October 2009 to measure particle matter emanating from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct. A temporary monitoring station has been set up in the residential suburb of Brooklyn, South of Geelong Road and the industrial precinct.

Findings to date show particle levels well in excess of national air quality goals and well above other monitoring stations across the state. A number of actions are being undertaken by agencies and industry to address the high particle levels.

The readings from the Brooklyn air station are available on EPA’s website – 24 Hour averages:
http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/air-quality-bulletins/24-hour-air-quality-summary

The Department of Health have provided the following information for residents concerned about their health.

http://www.brooklynip.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Dust-and-your-health-fact-sheet.pdf

Particle Compositional Analysis

A second component in the monitoring program will determine the composition and characterisation of dust particles. The chemical analysis involves laboratory analysis for 20 different chemical elements and 18–25 chemical species.

For detailed information on the monitoring program visits EPA’s website:
http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/current-issues/odour-and-air-quality/brooklyn-industrial-precinct

Report pollution

The community supports EPA by reporting pollution in its area to the 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

Offensive odours, waterway pollution and air pollution (eg dust) can be reported to the 24-hour pollution hotline.

Noise reports should be directed to local government customer service centres.

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