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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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Jurisdiction A ustralian C apital Territory N orthern Territory Summary of Implementation Activities The ACT conducted an inform al education process providing o ne-on -one education fo r fac ility operators. 22 N PI fac ility repo rts w ere received for 20 0 1 -0 2 com pared to 23 the previous reporting year. The N orthern T erritory coord inated the p reparation o f the m anual E m ission E stim ation Technique M anual f o r A quaculture o f Barram undi, Prawns, Crocodiles, Pearl Oysters, R ed C law and Tropical A ba lone in Tropical A ustralia , by the N orthern T erritory U niversity. The m anual was used to estim ate aggregated em issions from the aquaculture facilities for barram undi and praw ns in D arw in H arbour and surrounding subcatchm ents. A dditional hydrographic in frastructu re w as also installed in one o f the D arw in H arbour subcatchm ents to assist fu tu re refinem en t o f em ission estim ations o f diffuse source d ischarges to the harbour. A presen ta tion in troducing the N PI database and how it can be incorporated into various learn ing ac tiv ities in schools was given at a M inerals C ouncil o f A ustralia w orkshop in D arw in in February 2003. 83 N PI fac ility reports w ere received for 2 001-02 com pared to 87 the p revious reporting year. This s ligh t decrease is due to changes in reporting periods for som e fac ilitie s, fac ility closures, and reporting thresholds not being triggered at som e fac ilitie s that had reported previously. Council evaluation and assessment of Jurisdictional Implementation Activities The 20 0 1 -0 2 N PI repo rting period was the firs t year that fac ilitie s had to collect data for reporting on the extended list o f 90 substances. This period has shown a m arked increase in the num ber o f fac ilitie s and sectors reporting. The prio rity areas con tinued to be: ensuring that industry was well inform ed about N PI processes and their obligations to report estim ated em issions im proving the p resen tation o f N PI inform ation so that it is m ore useful and in teresting for d ifferent com m unity sectors encouraging industry to im prove em issions estim ation techniques stream lin ing data p rocessing for fac ility reports from the fourth N PI reporting year (2001-02). N ational R eporting Tool databases were d istribu ted to fac ilitie s in all p a rtic ipa ting ju risd ic tio n s in tim e for reporting o f 200 1 -0 2 data. EPA V ictoria con tinued to play a m ajor role, under con tract, by p roviding support and quality control o f in terstate fac ility adm inistrative data to m eet N ational D ata W arehouse S tandards for E lectronic R eporting . All p artic ipa ting ju risd ic tio n s have an im portan t ro le in fac ilita ting the use o f the curren t e lectron ic reporting tool. PART 3 - A S S E S SM E N T OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS_____________________________ The N PI is the m ajor source o f inform ation about pollutant em issions from A ustralian industry and other sources. M arket research conducted by the C om m on w ealth show ed that since the in troduction o f im prove m ents to the p resen tation o f N PI inform ation on the In ternet, inform ation derived from the NPI is c learer and easier to access. A t the sam e tim e the research ind icated low com m unity aw areness o f the N PI and the need to fu rther im prove presen tation o f NPI in form ation . The N ational R eporting Tool now used by the m ajority o f ju risd ic tio n s w ill assist in accurate and consisten t reporting that w ill allow future analysis o f trends in p o llu tan t em issions. 18 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

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