Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council
Tabled paper 1225
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NEPC Major Activities Following changes to natural resource and environment- related m inisterial councils by the Council o f A ustralian Governments in June 2001, the Environm ent Protection and H eritage C ouncil (EPH C ) w as crea ted by am alga m ating the N ational Environm ent P ro tection Council, the environment protection com ponents o f the Australian and N ew Z ealand E nvironm ent and C onservation C ouncil, and H eritage M in is te rs m eetings. A s the N ational Environm ent P ro tection Council is estab lished under sta tu te (the N EPC A cts o f the C om m onw ealth , sta tes and territo ries) and has the ab ility to m ake national regu la to ry instrum ents (N ational Environm ent Protection M easures), it retains its d istinc t sta tus w ith in EPH C . A ll m em bers o f N EPC are m em bers o f EPHC. The N ational E nvironm ent P ro tec tion C ouncil m et three tim es in 2 0 0 2 -0 3 , as p art o f the E nvironm ent P ro tection and H eritage Council. M ajor activ ities undertaken by N EPC and EPH C in 2 002-03 are sum m arised below. COUNCIL MEETING - SYDNEY, 11 OCTOBER 2002 The N EPC agreed to the re lease o f the d raft PM 2 5 (fin e partic le ) variation to the A m bient A ir Q uality N EPM and the associated Im pact S tatem ent for public consulta tion . The EPHC agreed to: support the expansion o f the M ulti-c ity M ortality and M orbidity S tudy as a high prio rity adopt a waste management framework for determining collaborative national w aste issues ac t na tionally on w aste issues p articu larly w aste ty res, e lec trica l products, and hazardous w aste m anagem ent develop m anagem ent options for reducing the im pacts o f p lastic bags on the environm ent scope the need fo r national and co llaborative approaches fo r the d iversion o f industria l w astes to reuse and recycling release the W aste Tyres Policy D iscussion Paper for public com m ent. COUNCIL MEETING - TELECONFERENCE, 23 DECEMBER 2002_________________________ EPH C agreed to a package o f m easures to reduce environm ental im pacts o f p lastic bags. EPH C also asked the N ational Packaging C ovenant C ouncil to provide specific proposals for national action, including ways to reduce the im pact o f plastic bags as litter and fo r governm ents, industry and the com m unity to w ork together to cut p lastic bag litte r by 75 per cent by the end o f 2004. A com prehensive study on the fu ll im pact o f the in troduction o f degradable bags into the A ustralian m arketp lace, including the effec t on p lastics recycling , local m anufactu ring , and lan d fills , was in itiated . EPHC re leased the P lastic Shopping Bags in Australia - N a tiona l P lastic Bags Working Group R eport to the N ationa l Packaging C ovenant C ouncil to the general public fo r inform ation . COUNCIL MEETING - MELBOURNE, 23 MAY 2003_________________________________ N EPC agreed to the release o f the draft A ir Toxics N EPM and the associated Im pact S tatem ent for public consu lta tion . N EPC also m ade the variation to the N ational E nvironm ent P ro tection (A m bient A ir Q uality) M easure fo r PM 2 5 (fin e partic les). NEPC agreed to com m ence a review o f the M ovem ent o f C ontro lled W aste betw een States and T erritories N EPM and approved a proposal for the E xpansion o f the M ulti-city M ortality and M orbidity Study. The E nvironm ent P ro tection and H eritage Council: d irec ted the C ooperative Studies on P rio rity A ir Q uality and H ealth -R ela ted Issues W orking Group to prepare a repo rt for council ou tlin ing prio rity research areas and m echanism s for fund ing such studies d irec ted the W aste W orking G roup to repo rt on d iversion o f industria l w aste to reuse and recycling in o rder to develop a national fram ew ork fo r the reuse and recycling o f industria l w astes w ith a p rim ary focus on th e ir app lica tion to land, and to develop a d iscussion pap er in o rder to seek the view s o f the com m unity and stakeholders in developing the national fram ew ork 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 3 N EPC M A JO R A C T IV IT IE S
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