16 March 2017
EPA Manager Hazardous Substance Compliance Ray McMillan and
team held the fourth of a nation-wide series of Territoral Authorities (TA) Hazardous Substance
workshops, this time in Rotorua on Wednesday 15 March.
Our Chief Scientist,
Jacqueline Rowarth, was also on hand to meet local TA representatives from
organisations including Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Western
Bay of Plenty, Kawerau, Whakatane, Gisborne,Taupo and Opotiki District Councils,
as well as Tauranga City Council. WorkSafe was also represented.
Territorial authorities are responsible for enforcing the HSNO Act in their respective districts. This includes responsibility for all public and private places within their territorial boundary.
The workshops overall aim is to generate discussion about actual experiences on the ground, understand issues and difficulties council staff face, and develop system-wide approaches to overcome them.
“This is very much a partnership approach. EPA wants to listen and learn from those at the coal face doing the work, and then help develop viable solutions with them,” Mr McMillan says.
The long-term aim of the workshops is to produce better outcomes for communities through more effective hazardous substance compliance activity, he said.
week the team will be in Nelson for another HS workshop.
North, Christchurch, Porirua, New Plymouth, Hamilton, and Queenstown workshops
will follow over the next few weeks and months.