Environmental Protection Authority Bill

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Hon Dr Nick Smith

Environmental Protection Authority Bill

Government Bill



Explanatory note

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Environmental Protection Authority

Establishment of Environmental Protection Authority

6 Environmental Protection Authority established

7 EPA is Crown entity

8 Board of EPA

9 Qualifications for appointment to board

10 Restriction on membership

Functions of EPA

11 Objective of EPA

12 Functions of EPA

13 Limitation on power to contract

14 Appointment of chief executive

Delegation by Minister

15 Delegation of functions or powers of Minister under environmental Acts

Delegation by the EPA

16 EPA's power of delegation

Māori Advisory Committee

17 Māori Advisory Committee established

18 Function of Māori Advisory Committee

19 Terms of reference of Māori Advisory Committee

20 Remuneration of Māori Advisory Committee

Part 3
Disestablishment of entities, transfer of functions, and other matters

21 Interpretation

Subpart 1Disestablishment of Environmental Protection Authority established under Resource Management Act 1991

22 Former Environmental Protection Authority disestablished

23 Consequences of disestablishment of former Environmental Protection Authority

24 References to EPA established under Resource Management Act 1991

Subpart 2Disestablishment of ERMA and Nga Kaihautu Tikanga Taiao

Disestablishment of ERMA and Nga Kaihautu Tikanga Taiao

25 ERMA disestablished

26 ERMA committees disestablished

27 Nga Kaihautu Tikanga Taiao disestablished

28 No compensation for loss of office

Transfer of functions, etc, of ERMA to EPA

29 Transfer of functions, etc, of ERMA to EPA

30 Certain delegations continue

31 Applications to be completed

32 Matters relating to continued committee

33 Final report and accounts of ERMA

34 References to ERMA

Subpart 3Transfer of employees

35 Transfer of certain State services employees to EPA

36 Terms and conditions of employment of transferred employees

37 Transfer of ERMA employees to EPA

38 Continuity of employment

39 Employees covered by collective agreement

40 Restriction on compensation for technical redundancy


41 Superannuation or retiring allowance

42 KiwiSaver Act 2006 not to apply to transferred employee

Subpart 4Matters related to transfer of functions under Climate Change Response Act 2002

Cancellation of Registrar's appointment

43 Cancellation of appointment of Registrar

Consequences of transfer of Climate Change functions

44 Consequences of transfer of functions under Climate Change Response Act 2002 to EPA

45 Delegations continued

Transfer of contracts

46 Transfer of contracts to EPA

47 Consequences of transfer of contracts to EPA

Part 4
Amendments to Climate Change Response Act 2002

48 Climate Change Response Act 2002 amended

49 Interpretation

50 Registrar must give effect to directions of Minister of Finance

51 New subpart 1A of Part 2 inserted

52 Section 11 substituted

53 Registrar responsible for Registry

54 Regulations relating to Part 2

55 Authorisation of inspectors

56 Subpart 3 heading substituted

57 Functions of chief executive

58 New section 87A inserted

59 Directions to chief executive

60 Appointment of enforcement officers

61 Obligation to maintain confidentiality

62 New section 138A

63 Regulations relating to methodologies and verifiers

64 Minor amendments

Part 5
Amendments to Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

65 Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 amended

66 Interpretation

67 Powers, functions, and duties of Authority

68 Part 4 heading substituted

69 Sections 14, 15, 16, and 18 repealed

70 New sections 18 to 18C inserted

71 Delegation by Authority

72 Part 4A repealed

73 Schedule 1 repealed

74 Minor amendments

Part 6
Amendments to Resource Management Act 1991

75 Resource Management Act 1991 amended

76 Interpretation

77 Delegation of functions by Ministers

78 New section 29A inserted

79 Section 42B repealed

80 Functions of EPA

81 Section 42D repealed

82 Minister may call in matter that is or is part of proposal of national significance

83 New section 144A inserted

84 EPA may request further information or commission reports

85 Right of objection in relation to imposition of additional charges or recovery of costs

Part 7
Consequential amendments

86 Consequential amendments

Schedule 1
Minor and consequential amendments to climate change legislation

Schedule 2
Minor amendments to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

Schedule 3
Amendments to other Acts consequential on disestablishment of ERMA

Schedule 4
Consequential amendments to regulations under Climate Change Response Act 2002

Schedule 5
Consequential amendments to regulations under Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: