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See our latest job vacancies, and how to register your interest in future vacancies.

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Follow our EPA Safer Homes page on Facebook for tips and advice on keeping your family safe with household chemicals.

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Garden safety

Weed-killers, pest sprays, fertilizers and other gardening products are considered ‘hazardous substances’. We've got some simple tips for how to stay safe.

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Weed-killers, pest sprays, fertilizers and other gardening products are considered ‘hazardous substances’. We've got some simple tips for how to stay safe.

What we do

We administer applications for major infrastructure projects of national significance, and regulate new organisms (plants, animals, GM organisms) and hazardous substances and chemicals.

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We administer applications for major infrastructure projects of national significance, and regulate new organisms (plants, animals, GM organisms) and hazardous substances and chemicals.

TTRL submissions now closed

Submissions on the TTRL application to mine iron sands off the Taranaki coast are now closed.

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Submissions on the TTRL application are now closed.

Environmental Protection Authority

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Resource Management

We manage the decision-making process for proposals of national significance, for example major roading projects and wind farms.

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The EEZ

We are responsible for managing the environmental effects of restricted activities in NZ's Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.

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Hazardous Substances

We set rules for safe use of over 100,000 commonly used hazardous substances, including cleaners, cosmetics and fireworks.

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Emissions Trading

We manage the administration of NZ's Emissions Trading Scheme and the operation of the Emissions Trading Register.

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New Organisms

Our economy relies on organisms that are not native to NZ. We ensure new organisms can be imported without harming our environment.

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Te Hautū

We support iwi and applicants through the engagement process and ensure Māori perspectives are considered in our decision making.

Rabbit Calicivirus Decision

17/02/2017

The Environmental Protection Authority has decided that a product containing a new variant of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, or rabbit calicivirus, does not require regulation under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Chlorothalonil hearing notice

13/02/2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advises that a hearing is scheduled on an application to reassess five chlorothalonil-containing formulations used as home-garden fungicides.

Submissions open for broadleaf grasses

14/12/2016

AgResearch Limited has submitted an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) seeking approval under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act) to release 18 new grass species.

Consultation on application to import the herbicide Monument

24/11/2016

​The EPA is seeking your views on an application to import the herbicide Monument.

Rabbit Calicivirus Decision

17/02/2017

The Environmental Protection Authority has decided that a product containing a new variant of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, or rabbit calicivirus, does not require regulation under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Chlorothalonil hearing notice

13/02/2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advises that a hearing is scheduled on an application to reassess five chlorothalonil-containing formulations used as home-garden fungicides.