Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
Tabled paper 1729
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 103 N T A IR TO X IC S Northern Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Air Toxics) Measure for the Northern Territory by the Mr Karl Hampton MLA, Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislative, regulatory and administrative framework The Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport is responsible for implementation of the NEPM in the Northern Territory through provisions of the Waste Management and Pollution Control (Northern Territory) Act 2009 and the National Environment Protection Council (Northern Territory) Act 2004. Implementation issues arising The Northern Territory undertook a desktop study in 2005 to identify stage 1 and stage 2 sites for the purposes of meeting obligations under the NEPM. No stage 2 sites were identified and a long-term monitoring program has not been implemented. A nine month monitoring program was completed in February 2006 to establish baseline conditions for Darwin. The results indicated that there are very low concentrations of benzene, toluene and xylenes (ortho, meta and para), well below the investigation levels set by the NEPM. No further implementation activities were conducted in 201011. Reassessment of stage 1 and stage 2 sites may be required in the future, taking into account industrial development in the Darwin region. According to NEPM guidance, reassessment was required by 2009 but the previous studies indicate that concentrations of air toxics are at very low levels, well below the monitoring investigation levels of the NEPM. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM has provided the impetus and methodology for identifying sites most at risk of air toxics in the NT. Associated monitoring in past years has provided baseline data for further consideration. In the year 201011 no sites were evaluated or selected and no analyses were performed.
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