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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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Australian Capital Territory year ended 30 June 2003 \ Report to the NEPC on the implementation o f the National Environment f\ Protection (Ambient A ir Quality) Measure fo r Australian Capital Territory r \ by Mr Jon Stanhope MLA, M inister fo r the Environment fo r the reporting f PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION________ (Refer to page 124) PART 2 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM. AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSU ES Legislative, reg u la to ry an d adm in is tra t iv e f ra m ew o rk The legislative, regulatory and administrative frameworks for implementation o f the NEPM are in place. Im p le m e n ta t io n activit ies The ACT Government Analytical Laboratory (ACTGAL), in accordance with the ACTs approved monitoring plan, have purchased a Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance (TEOM) to undertake continuous PM 10 monitoring. The TEOM was commissioned in March 2002 and continuous particulate data is now available for the 2002-03 report. Environment ACT participates in the Peer Review Committee. Im p le m e n ta t io n s u m m a ry an d evalua tion The ACT has now implemented its monitoring plan. Both NATA accreditation and continuous particle monitoring have been put into operation. At the beginning of 2002, in accordance with its approved monitoring plan, the ACT was monitoring carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM 10) and lead. In July 2002 Health Protection Services, who operate the ACT Government monitoring network, ceased lead monitoring. This decision was based on the fact that ambient air lead levels are now significantly lower than the national standard and with the phase out on leaded petrol on 1 January 2002 there is now no significant source of air-borne lead. In regions, such as Canberra, where only a single performance monitoring station is required, the PRC recommends that such a station be located to be generally representative o f upper bound (GRUB) pollutants concentrations. The existing station in the residential suburb of Monash has recorded maximums measures in the upper bound of levels historically recorded in Canberra. The Monash station has been designated as the Performance Monitoring Station (PMS), under the ACTs approved monitoring plan. This station has been operational since 1996 and is sited in accordance with AS2922-1987 (Ambient A ir - Guide fo r Siting o f Sampling Sites). It is intended that this remain a permanent monitoring and trend site for the ACT. The Health Protection Service are committed to maintaining appropriate management systems to ensure adequate monitoring, quality assurance and validation procedures. In March 2002, it received NATA accreditation for its monitoring operations. PART 3 - A S S E S SM E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS____________________________ The ACT is making steady progress towards achieving the goal of the NEPM, which is to achieve the standards by June 2008. With the exception of PM 10, all parameters are below NEPM standards. Canberras PM,0 problem is primarily due to emissions from domestic wood heaters used during winter for home heating. The ACT Government acknowledges this problem and is working towards addressing the issue in an informed and measured manner to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all Canberrans. The ACT has implemented a number o f initiatives to target wood heater emissions including the ACT Firewood Strategy, the licensing of firewood merchants, and from 1 January 2004, the introduction of a wood heater subsidy scheme aimed directly at reducing particle levels, in particular those less than 2.5 microns. 160 N atio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro te c 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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