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New Legislation

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act 2012 commenced on 1 January 2013. The Act establishes the new Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) as an independent regulatory authority and makes consequential amendments to the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act and the Environmental Assessment Act.

Amendments to the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act identify the NT EPA as the entity responsible for administration of the regulatory functions of that Act.

Amendments to the Environmental Assessment Act identify the NT EPA as the entity responsible for administration of the assessment functions and impose additional transparency and reporting responsibilities on the Environment Minister and the responsible Minister for specific projects. Where the responsible Minister makes a decision contrary to an assessment report, the responsible Minister is required to give written notice to the NT EPA of the decision and to table a statement of reasons about the decision in the Legislative Assembly.  Where the Environment Minister has received an assessment report and, in providing it to the responsible Minister, makes any comment about the report which is inconsistent with the report, the Minister is required to give written notice to the NT EPA of the comment and to table a statement of reasons about the comments in the Legislative Assembly.

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