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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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WA continued to meet its obligations under the NEPM and MOU, submitting facility data as required for the fourth reporting year o f 2001-02. WA continued its active participation in the NPI program, advising reporters o f their obligations, and helping to resolve many of the complex policy and technical issues arising. C om pliance by p a rtie s boun d by the N E P M with N E P M pro to co ls and/or o ther N E P M reporting requirem ents: Parties bound by the NEPM-NPI include reporting facilities and participating jurisdictions. Facility occupiers must report emissions data according to WAs NPI Regulations, and jurisdictions must report such data and certain aggregated emissions data to the Commonwealth. In WA, 459 facilities from 77 industrial sectors (such as mining, alumina production, electricity supply, brewing, brickworks, organic industrial chemical manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and production, fuel supply and others) reported 2 0 0 1 - 0 2 data on emissions from a list o f 90 substances. This data was supplied to the Commonwealth. WA also provided to the Commonwealth aggregated annual emissions estimates o f Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus for the Blackwood-Scott water catchments. Progress tow ard achievem ent o f the N E P M Goal, the desired environm en tal outcom es an d any N E P M standards: The NEPM-NPI is a medium to long term program and it is too early yet to directly link NPI data and processes to reducing the existing and potential impact of emissions o f substances, (or to NEPM outcomes as set out in Clause 5 o f the Measure). However, NPI data is being used to identify significant emissions and emitters, and, in some contentious areas, NPI data is being used to focus attention on specific substances. Some like-for-like comparisons are being made by industries within sectors. The coverage of NPI across industry sectors has increased and the awareness and understanding o f NPI requirements by industry in general has grown. General criteria P rogress in im plem enting the N EPM : The N P I reporting pro cess now requires in du stria l fa c ilitie s to look m ore closely at: emissions o f waste materials use o f m aterials containing or producing substances o f concern pollution prevention/control measures. The NPI is being used by some companies to identify and target priority substances for emission reduction and cleaner production actions. The results o f the 2002-03 work continued to show that m aintaining or improving air and water quality requires environmental policy and management to be directed towards non-point/diffuse contaminant sources as well as the larger point source emitters. Issu es arising tha t reflect on the effic iency and sim plic ity o f N E PM adm inistration . A wide variety o f technical reporting and definitional issues were considered by the IWG, and some o f these are expected to need further IWG efforts to resolve for efficient and simple implementation. Specific cri ter ia The following criteria are commented on below or in Table attached. Items marked (*) will be addressed by the Commonwealth: number o f hits on database* number o f facility reports on the database *; From a WA view point: feedback/data from industry indicates that the process o f emission estimation and reporting from the N PI has lead to increased consideration o f waste minimisation and cleaner production initiatives; Informal comment from industry indicates that the NPI reporting process requires companies to more closely consider their: emissions o f waste materials to air, land and water use o f materials containing or producing substances o f NPI concern on site pollution prevention /control measures. N a tio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro te c 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

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