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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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Northern Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation o f the National Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Measure fo r the Northern Territory by Dr Chris Burns MLA, M inister fo r the Environment and Heritage fo r the reporting year ended 30 June 2003 PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION________ (Refer to page 94) PART 2 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM, AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislative, r e g u la to ry an d adm in is tra t iv e f r am ew o rk Currently, implementation o f the NPI in the Northern Territory is achieved through administrative arrangements. Overall responsibility for implementation rests with the Department o f Infrastructure, Planning and Environment. The Department o f Business, Industry and Resource Development co-ordinates reporting from the mining and petroleum sectors. An Environment Protection Objective (EPO) to be made under the Waste Management and Pollution Control A ct 1998 has been drafted to provide the legislative basis for the NPI in the Northern Territory. When finalised, the EPO will implement mandatory reporting by industry under the NPI. Im p le m e n ta t io n activities O verview Stra teg ic directions The NPI Officer continues to work with other staff o f the Department o f Infrastructure Planning and Environment to develop avenues to integrate NPI reporting and use o f the NPI database into mainstream environment protection activities. This will allow greater use o f the emissions data in identifying and reviewing priorities and assist in business planning and program development. Im plem entation A half-time NPI officer was employed during 2002-03. The NPI Officer facilitated reporting, provided assistance to industry in implementing the NPI reporting requirements and participated in the activities o f the NPI Implementation Working Group. Reports for the 2001-02 NPI reporting period were received from 83 facilities, covering 62 substances. Key sectors included mining, oil and gas extraction, power generation and sewage treatment. The net number o f reporting facilities to the NPI decreased slightly compared to the previous reporting period due to changes in reporting periods for some facilities, facility closures and reporting thresholds not being triggered at some facilities that had reported previously. Im plem entation Working Group The Northern Territory continued to participate in the activities o f the Implementation Working Group (IWG) with the NPI Officer attending two meetings and participating in one teleconference. Involvement in the IWG has been productive and helped the Northern Territory to use the limited NPI resources as effectively as possible. E m erging issues Over the next 10-20 years, Darwin is likely to be entering into a stage o f significant industrial growth. The NPI may provide a means o f predicting pollutant emissions prior to the establishment o f any major industrial facilities. The NPI may also provide a basis for developing appropriate emission standards and limits for such facilities, particularly in combination with the Ambient Air Quality NEPM and the draft Air Toxics NEPM. The reduced Commonwealth funding o f the NPI in the Northern Territory has meant that the program has been delivered with limited resources and greater efficiency. However, due to the funding constraints, there has been less opportunity to facilitate the expansion and promotion of NPI activities within the Northern Territory. F ac ility em ission re p o rts There were no significant issues for the Northern Territory relating to facility emissions reporting. Most significant changes in facility emissions resulted from either a significant change in activity or refinement o f the emission estimation techniques. N a tio n a l E n v iro n m e n 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 NT - N A T IO N A L PO L L U T A N T IN V E N T O R Y

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