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EPA invites comments on changes to Pesticides and Hazardous Chemicals regulations

Media release: 16 June 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting comments and submissions on the draft Pesticides Regulation 2017 and changes to the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Regulation 2017.

The proposed Pesticides Regulation 2017 replaces the current Pesticides Regulation 2009, scheduled for repeal in September this year. 

Most of the current provisions will remain, but key changes include simpler record keeping for most pesticide users, simpler refresher training requirements for agricultural users, new nationally harmonised licence categories, and updated penalties for infringements.

“The new Pesticides Regulation will make it easier to comply with legal requirements for the proper use of pesticides, reducing risks to human health and the environment,” said Asela Atapattu, EPA Director Hazardous Materials, Chemicals and Radiation.

“It also aims to reduce the chance of any negative impacts caused by inappropriate pesticide use.

 “In 2013, NSW committed to a national scheme for the assessment, registration and control-of-use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals to address the widely differing regulations across states on these chemicals.

“The NSW Pesticides Regulation 2017 will help deliver a single national regulatory framework for the use of pesticides,” said Mr Atapattu. 

Separately, the EPA is inviting comments on the draft Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Regulation 2017. The provisions of the current 2008 Regulation will remain, but there are proposed changes to license fees and a new application fee for initial technology assessments.

“Licensing is crucial to ensure the protection of the environment and human health from environmentally hazardous chemicals and wastes. License fees haven’t been reviewed since 2008, so the proposed rise will help the EPA to cover costs and ensure our licensing activities remain relevant.

“The new application fee for initial technology assessments could save applicants the cost of a full assessment process if their proposed treatment technology is found to be unfeasible at an early stage,” said Mr Atapattu.

To comment on the draft Pesticides Regulation 2017, visit the EPA’s website: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pestregris.htm#faq. The consultation will close at 5pm on 7 July 2017.

To comment on the proposed Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Regulation 2017, visit the EPA’s website: https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/EPAconsult/. The consultation will close at 5pm on 7 July 2017.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 16 June 2017