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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT






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Six workshops for NRT training and reporting were held at Brisbane, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and Toowoomba. Individual site visits were made to 25 reporters. These visits included checking information submitted in the 2 0 0 1 - 0 2 reports, tour o f site (if useful) and discussion regarding submission of the 2002-03 report. Collection of area-based emissions data from below threshold facilities, transport and community sources (Aggregated Emissions Data (AED)) was also a priority. Compilation and submission o f updated air emissions data was completed for the South East Queensland Airshed. A project to examine techniques to cost effectively broaden AED coverage also commenced. Im plem entation Working Group Queensland was actively involved in National NPI activities and email discussions. A Queensland representative attended the two IWG meetings (Canberra and Sydney) that occurred in 2002-03. E m ergin g issues The substantial increase in the number of reporters (632 in 2000-01 to 746 in 2001-02) required additional streamlining of administrative procedures. The National Reporting Tool (NRT) and streamlined data verification procedures enabled efficient handling o f the substantial increase in data without additional demands on resources. It is noted that further substantial productivity gains are unlikely (even with improved reporting tools such as on-line reporting) and that increased data collection will only be possible with either an increase in resources or a decrease in the quality of screening and verification prior to submission. Facility em ission reports A total o f 746 facility emission reports were received for the 2001-02 reporting year. This represents a 18% increase on reports received for 2000-01. Reports were dominated by Petroleum W holesaling (20%), Local Government (16%), Mining (12%), Intensive Livestock (11%), Electricity Supply (7%) and Sugar Manufacturing (4%). Collated data was subjected to data validation checks including address, spatial information, legal name, and emission figures. Emissions were analysed to identify unusual figures. These were then investigated by contacting the submitter o f the data. Enhancements to the Jurisdictional Access Record Management System (JARMS) and the Internet data upload site facilitated the effectiveness o f these checks. Data was submitted to the Commonwealth in the agreed data format. A total o f 746 reports were processed and submitted: 741 (99%) were submitted by 30 November 2002. The additional 5 facility reports were submitted along with corrections to erroneous data prior to the final data update in mid April 2003. NPI database and website The NPI website <www.npi.gov.au> is used as the major reference for reporter queries. Reporters are referred to the website to peruse and download manuals and other reporting aids. Hardcopy manuals are rarely requested (or provided). Stocks o f manuals are no longer held by Queensland. Latest versions of handbooks are printed directly from the website when hard copies are required. Anecdotal evidence suggests that improvements to the website have made it more user-friendly for both industry and community users. Improvements to the jurisdictional (secure) website, particularly, the data upload and checking tools have resulted in a considerable improvement in data handling and checking functions carried out by Queensland. Maintaining adequate data quality with the increase in the number o f reports would not have been possible without this website and the support o f ERIN staff. Minor, but significant, improvements to the Jurisdictional Access Record Management System (JARMS) in Queensland have provided the ability to easily check emission figures against previous reports and against expected values based on fuel burning figures. Industry handbooks Expansion o f the reporting list to 90 substances initiated reporting by several new industries. This highlighted shortfalls in several manuals and the need for revisions. In particular, the Intensive Livestock (Beef Cattle Feedlots, Pig Farms and Poultry Raising) highlighted the need for sim plified systems for this sector. Queensland developed a sim plified reporting form for Feedlots and Pig Farms which have high levels o f reporting from these facilities. In collaboration with Western Australia this approach has been refined for use with the Poultry Raising industry. N atio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro tec tio n C o u n c il a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3 http://www.npi.gov.au

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