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Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is the government agency responsible for regulatory functions concerning New Zealand’s environmental management.

New Zealand, its people and its economy rely on animals, plants and chemicals that benefit our daily lives but also have some inherent risks if not managed. 

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority administers applications for major infrastructure projects of national significance and regulates new organisms (plants, animals and GM organisms) and hazardous substances and chemicals. It also administers the Emissions Trading Scheme and New Zealand Emission Unit Register and manages the environmental impact of activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone, including prospecting for petroleum and minerals, seismic surveying and scientific research.

In doing its work, the EPA liaises with other government agencies in New Zealand and internationally, industry, science and research bodies and the general public.

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Web Address:
215 Lambton Quay
Private Bag 63002
Wellington 6140

Phone: +64 4 916 2426
Email: info@epa.govt.nz


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