New Zealand EPA is seeking feedbacks on its proposed fee increases on hazardous substances and new organism application, and on the requirement for import certificates for explosives. The new fees are expected to be in place by 1 October 2018.
The proposal covers two major changes: the costs of processing applications for hazardous substances and new organisms. and a review on whether there is a need for import certificates for explosives and novelty fireworks.
The proposed fee amendment aims to recover a more reasonable proportion of the service costs under the HSNO act (Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act). Currently, the fees are only recovering 11% of the costs, while the remaining 89% is funded by the taxpayer.
You are welcome to make an online submission (which EPA recommends) or Email EPA at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also use this email address if you have any questions about the proposal. Before your submission, make sure read the following three documents: Quick summary: Our fees are changing (pdf 366KB); Our fees are changing - consultation document (pdf 1.48MB) ; and HSNO Fees Cost Recovery Impact Statement (pdf 447KB).
*Please notice that the feedback portal will be closed on 21 May 2018.
After the submissions, EPA will prepare a summary and place it on the official website at https://www.epa.govt.nz.