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Media Release: Environmental Guidelines to provide certainty for developers

22 May 2015

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has today released new guidelines to assist developers and the community understand its requirements.

The Chair of the NT EPA, Dr Bill Freeland, said that the guidelines would provide developers and the community with certainty about how the NT EPA implemented the requirements of environmental legislation.

The first guideline will help proponents with the preparation of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

When a project has been assessed and approved under various Acts, an EMP is often required. The Guideline for the Preparation of an Environmental Management Plan provides developers and the public with information on what is appropriate in its preparation.

The Guideline for the Preparation of an Environmental Management Plan is now finalised following public consultation and is available on the NT EPA website, at www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/environmental-assessments/guidelines or by contacting the NT EPA on (08) 8924 4218 during business hours.

Dr Freeland said the second guideline regarding the preparation of a Notice of Intent (NOI) is in draft form and open for public comment.

"When a development is likely to cause a significant environmental impact, the developer is required to notify the NT EPA about the project and its environmental risks. This is done in a NOI".

The draft Guideline for the Preparation of a Notice of Intent provides information on what to include in a NOI so the NT EPA can accurately determine what, if any, additional environmental assessment a project may require. This could include an environmental impact statement.

The NT EPA invites the public, community and industry to provide comments and feedback on the draft Guideline for the Preparation of a Notice of Intent by 19 June 2015. To make a submission, visit www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment.