Today the government introduced the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill.
As foreshadowed in our Environmental Alert of 2 June 2011, this legislation will set up an environmental management regime for New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.
Key features of that regime will include:
- New functions of the Environmental Protection Authority, which will be responsible for consenting (with appeals on points of law only), monitoring and enforcement
- A framework for regulations that will classify activities as permitted, discretionary or prohibited.
The first reading of the bill is set for September 2011.