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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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The number o f reports received electronically by all participating states and territories has continued to increase from 1999-00 (207 reports), 1005 for 2000-01 and 1617 reports for the 2001-02 reporting period. The increased numbers o f reporters using the national electronic reporting system resulted in a significant improvement in the quality o f data provided to the NPI and a dramatic increase in both industry and environmental agencies efficiency. Aggregated estimates for the Ballarat and Mildura airsheds and Mitchell-Tambo catchment were incorporated into the 2001-02 emissions profile. In addition, significant work was completed by EPA to derive a set o f generic emission factors that will enable EPA to estimate aggregate air emissions from regional areas without the need to conduct extensive research in the future. Im plem entation Working Group Victoria continues to be an active participant in the activities o f the national Implementation Working Group. Victoria offers full administrative support, required for maintaining the electronic reporting system for NPI reporters in participating jurisdictions. To assist participating jurisdictions understanding o f the electronic reporting system and data storage processes, a training session was hosted by EPA in December 2002. In addition, to meet jurisd ictions increasing reporting data requirements a database administrator position, funded collectively by the Commonwealth, States and Territories is employed by EPA for interstate data management. Since March 2003, Victoria has been providing comment to the Implementation Working Group about the development o f an online reporting and records management system. EPAs input into a potential new reporting method is invaluable given the current experience it has managing the existing electronic reporting system. Em erging issues The 2001-02 NPI reporting period was the first year that facilities had to collect data for reporting on the extended list o f 90 substances. EPA is meeting the resource issues associated with facilities reporting on a much broader range o f substances. To assist NPI reporters in estimating and reporting emissions, EPA has developed a number o f methodologies and tools, including Excel spreadsheets and detailed step-by-step guides for various industry sectors. Facility emission reports Six hundred and twenty seven industrial facilities in Victoria submitted NPI reports to EPA for the 2001-02 reporting year, up from 388 and 462 in 1999-00 and 2000-01 respectively. In addition, there was a more even spread between various industry sectors in 2001-02 creating a more accurate emissions profile for Victoria. The NPI reporters represented more than 20 major industry sectors from agriculture and mining to food and chemical product manufacturing and the service industry. 2001-02 saw a marked increase in the number o f waste management services (landfills) reporting to the NPI. This was largely due to EPA actively approaching Councils and waste management companies and offering tailored workshops designed specifically for their operations. The percentage o f total Victorian reporters submitting their reports electronically was greater than 80% for the 2001-02 reporting period. The high percentage of electronic reporters ultimately contributes to a significant improvement in the quality of data provided to the NPI and reduces the amount of manual data entry required for industry and EPA. Industry feedback regarding the use o f the electronic reporting tool continues to be positive. The majority o f comments continue to express a demand for a nationally consistent reporting tool. NPI database and website As part o f the implementation of the national electronic reporting system, EPA continued to provide quality control o f interstate facility administrative data and contribute to the improvement in the quality o f the information - both stored in other jurisdictions data bases and posted to the NPI website in January 2003. Due to a significant restructuring o f the NPI data presentation on the NPI website, EPA conducted presentations for various stakeholders, such as electricity power generation companies to demonstrate the search functions including their industry sector emissions profile. The feedback received from these industry sectors was positive with the majority o f comments relating to the profiling o f industry emissions within the context o f aggregate emissions such as motor vehicles. 102 N a tio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro tec tio n C o u n cil a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3

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