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EPA calls for further submissions on ORC plan changes

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today published a Summary of Submissions on three Otago Regional Council (ORC) plan changes and invited submitters to make further submissions from tomorrow.

The three plan changes notified by the EPA on 6 July were the Water Permits Plan Change and the Water Quality or "Omnibus" Plan Changes.

ORC Manager Policy and Planning Anita Dawe outlined the next steps in the process.

"Interested parties can make a further submission so long as it is either supporting or opposing someone else’s submission. You’ll be able to lodge a further submission from 18 September until 2 October. Anyone who indicated on their submission that they want to speak at the Environment Court hearings will be contacted directly after the close of the further submissions period," Ms Dawe said.

The Environment Court hearings on the plan changes are expected to take place late this year, or early 2021.

To lodge a further submission or view the EPA’s summary of submissions, visit

The "Friend of the Submitter" engaged by ORC to assist people with their submissions is still available to help. Emma Spalding can be contacted, free of charge, at

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