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Noise, Pesticides and Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals regulations commence

Media release: 6 September 2017

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017, the Pesticides Regulation 2017 and the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Regulation 2017 (EHC) commenced on 1 September 2017.

The review of these regulations was undertaken by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), and following public consultation,  they have been updated to include important changes.

Changes to the Noise Control Regulation make neighbourhood noise requirements easier to understand and reflect current community expectations.

EPA Director for Regulatory Reform and Advice, David Fowler, said the reforms streamline and modernise existing noise regulations and remove obsolete clauses.

“The noise control regulation continues important restrictions that balance the rights of people to carry out reasonable activities, with the need to protect neighbours,” Mr Fowler said.

“The regulation is the main tool used by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Councils and Police to manage neighbourhood noise.”

Improvements to the Pesticides Regulation meanwhile will make record keeping a simpler process for most pesticide users, provide simpler refresher training requirements for agricultural users, introduce a new nationally harmonised licence category, and update penalties for infringements.

EPA Director of Hazardous Materials, Chemicals and Radiation, Asela Atapattu, said the
updated Pesticides Regulation will help deliver a single national regulatory framework for the use of pesticides.

“The updated Pesticides Regulation will make it easier to legally comply with the proper use of pesticides which reduces risks to human health and the environment,” Mr Atapattu said.

Amendments have also been made to the EHC regulation with changes to existing licence fees and technology assessment fees.

Mr Attapattu said licence fees haven’t been reviewed since 2008, so the proposed increases will help the EPA ensure licensing activities remain relevant.

To view further information regarding the Pesticides Regulation, visit the EPA’s website: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pestregris.htm , while changes to the
EHC regulation can be viewed: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/environmentally-hazardous-chemicals-regulation-review.htm and Noise Control Regulation http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/noise-regulation-2017-consult.htm

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 06 September 2017