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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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Queensland Report to the NEPC on the implementation o f the National Environment Protection (Movement o f Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure fo r Queensland by the Hon Dean Wells MP, M inister fo r Environment fo r the reporting year ended 30 June 2003 PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION________ (Refer to page 166) 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 ra m ew o rk The Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the administration o f the Controlled Waste Measure in Queensland through Part 4 o f the Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation (2000). The regulation is consistent with the provisions o f the Measure, and with the requirements for the movement o f wastes within Queensland. Legislative mechanisms for the recognition o f transport licence issued within another jurisdiction are incorporated into section 249 o f the Environmental Protection A ct 1994. The Measure administration is integrated with intrastate tracking and regulated waste licensing processes in Queensland. Im p lem en ta t io n activit ies The EPA has continued to administer the Measure during the period 2002-3, issuing 144 consignment authorisations for movements into Queensland, many o f these consignments being issued for multiple loads. Twelve consignments were refused during that period on the basis that the transporter or receiving facility were not licensed for the management o f the controlled waste. Queensland EPA provided comments on 88 consignment applications to other jurisdictions relating to movements out o f Queensland during the period. A total o f 1 907 interstate movements were tracked in 2002-03. There were four transports o f grease trap waste from Northern New South Wales to a treatment facility in South-East Queensland without consignment authorisation. Corrective action was taken by the EPA in order to ensure that the Measure was complied with. The EPA participated actively in the Implementation Working Group for the Measure. Interstate consultation on waste movements continued to be an important feature o f the Measure, helping ensure that jurisdictions were kept abreast o f potential issues. The EPA is represented, along with the Commonwealth, New South Wales and South Australia, on the Project Team for the five-year review of the Measure. Im p le m en ta t io n su m m a ry an d evalua tion Queensland has continued to administer the Measure to help ensure that controlled wastes are appropriately managed. Decisions about consignment authorisations have been made within statutory timeframes and in accordance with statutory requirements. Table 1 provides a summary o f movements into Queensland. The increased volumes o f pesticides collected under the ChemCollect program observed during 2001-02 have continued in 2002-03. The organochlorine pesticides have been consigned to Queensland for destruction. During 2002-03, PCB waste movements increased on movements for 2001-02. These persistent chemicals are also being destroyed in accordance with the national PCB Management Plan. PART 3 - A S S E S S M E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS____________________________ The Measure is providing an effective means to monitor the movement and disposal o f environmentally hazardous materials. Jurisdictions are continuing to proactively cooperate on the administration of the Measure, helping to ensure an efficient and effective system for the protection o f the environment from environmentally hazardous wastes. Industry compliance with the Measure continues to be at a high level. The records help industry demonstrate that controlled wastes transported across jurisdictional boundaries are being appropriately managed. The records also demonstrate that a significant proportion o f the movements o f wastes across jurisdictional boundaries are for reuse, recycling or energy recovery. 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 Qld - M O V EM EN T OF C O N TR O LLED W ASTE BE

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