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The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to collect, analyse and provide reliable information on the state of the environment, flows of chemical substances and pollution prevention measures, to organize and coordinate state environmental protection control as well as to ensure the organisation of water protection and management for achieving water protection objectives.
Legal text: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established on 1 January 2003, by the Order of the Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania No. 466 of 30 August 2002. The EPA was established by restructuring and merging the former Joint Research Centre and Water Resources Department of the Ministry of Environment. On January 1, 2006, the activities of the chemical substances and preparations management were shifted from the State Non-Food Products Inspectorate, under the Ministry of Economy, to the EPA. A new Chemical Substances Department was established in order to implement these new activities.
On January 1, 2010, due to reorganization of the Agency the Centre of Marine Research and State Environmental Protection Inspectorate were incorporated into EPA together with their duties and resources.
The Agency is managed by its Director and is financed through the budget of the Ministry of Environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is located in Vilnius, Lithuania.
To provide national authorities, international environmental bodies and public with reliable information about the state of the environment and its changes caused by the anthropogenic impact;
To ensure conditions for achieving water quality of water bodies in the river basin districts.
To ensure relevant and safe management of chemical substances and pollution prevention.
To organize state environmental protection control and supervise environmental control institutions.
Number of staff: 199
Main areas of responsibility:
To ensure within its competence continuous and complex monitoring, evaluation and forecasting as well as provision of information on environmental quality (namely air and surface water quality);
To organize state environmental control and supervision of Regional Environmental Departments responsible for environmental permitting and state environmental control;
To submit recommendations concerning formation and implementation of environmental protection policy with respect to protection and management of surface water bodies in accordance with the river basin district management principle;
To ensure fulfillment of Competent Authority tasks under REACH and CLP regulations and maintenance of REACH-CLP helpdesk;
To ensure implementation and enforcement of national chemical legislations as well as EU legislation;
To collect, maintain and analyze the information about the state of environment and provide national public authorities, international environmental bodies and the public with reliable information about the state of the environment;
To undertake environmental impact assessment for planned economic activities related to water use;
To create, apply and promote the implementation of voluntary environmental management schemes such as EMAS, ISO 14001 in the industries, Best Available Techniques during IPPC permitting process and ecolabelling systems;
To organize and perform chemical, biological and radiological analysis of environment samples and at pollution sources, as well as to coordinate applied and other scientific environmental research, programs and projects;
To analyze status of environment and predict environmental effects in case of emergency situations and human-made accidents; to simulate the spread of pollutants in the environment;
To evaluate environmental pollution risks from existing or newly established technologies;
To perform control of laboratory activities of state, municipal and economic entities;
To collect data on the use of water resources, discharges of waste water, waste generation and treatment, pollution of ambient air and surface water.