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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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Tabled paper 1729

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Tabled Papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

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2012-02-22

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Deemed paper

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/280788

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/415586

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1118 Q ld A M B IE N T A IR Q U A L IT Y Queensland Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure for Queensland by the Hon. Vicky Darling MP, Minister for Environment, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM has provided the mechanism for a staged expansion of DERMs ambient air monitoring network throughout Queensland. Queensland remains committed to implementing the actions contained in its Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Queensland. Community concerns about air quality in Gladstone and Mt Isa resulted in a reprioritising of monitoring plans, with resources directed to those areas. On the basis of approved screening criteria, campaign monitoring of nitrogen dioxide and ozone in some smaller regional centres listed in the monitoring plan will now not be necessary. It is reasonable to expect that levels of these pollutants will be consistently below the relevant NEPM standards in smaller regional centres. Queenslands monitoring results for 2010 indicate that the goal of the AAQ NEPM to achieve by 2008 the standards to the extent specified was met for all pollutants at all monitoring stations where there was sufficient data capture to assess compliance, except for sulfur dioxide in Mount Isa. While industry in Mount Isa has significantly reduced overall emissions of sulfur dioxide to the atmosphere in recent years (through capture and conversion to sulfuric acid), compliance with the 1 hour NEPM sulfur dioxide standard was unlikely to be achieved under previous regulatory controls. In May 2008 the Queensland Government amended the legislation regulating emissions from the Mount Isa smelters to bring these operations under the stricter controls contained within the EP Act. In May 2011 the smelter operator made an application to convert their Transitional Authority to an Environmental Authority under the EP Act. The department is assessing the Environmental Authority application against the standard criteria in the EP Act, which require that any applicable Commonwealth plans, standards, agreements or requirements, including those relating to National Environmental Protection Measures, are considered. There were no ozone exceedances recorded in 2010. The South-East Queensland Regional Plan 20092031 provides a sustainable growth management strategy for the South-East Queensland region to the year 2031. Under the plan, urban settlement and the use of transport, industry, energy and natural resources will be managed to minimise adverse impacts on air quality. Significant investment in public transport infrastructure and alleviation of traffic congestion under the South-East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 20102031 will support the management of future air quality impacts from rising motor vehicle use. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislation, regulatory and administrative framework In relation to ambient air quality in Mount Isa, the Queensland Government passed legislation in May 2008 which requires all Special Agreement Act mine operations, including smelter operations in Mount Isa, to come under contemporary environmental controls under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act). The legislation provided for a three-year transition to the EP Act. In May 2011 the smelter operator made an application to convert their Transitional Authority to an Environmental Authority under the EP Act. The department is assessing the Environmental Authority application against the standard criteria in the EP Act, which require that any applicable Commonwealth plans, standards, agreements or requirements, including those relating to National Environmental Protection Measures, are considered. Implementation issues arising Implementation issues arising during the 201011 reporting period included: Monitoring was conducted in six of the 10 regions identified in the monitoring plan. Thirteen of the 19 sites nominated in the monitoring plan, and three additional reporting sites, were operational in 201011. Monitoring at two of the six remaining sites concluded prior to 201011 due to completion of campaign monitoring or site closure following termination of the monitoring site lease by the property owner. Other monitoring priorities have delayed implementation of monitoring in four regional centres. For the first time, this report contains data for the Gold Coast sub-region of South-East Queensland following the establishment of a new campaign monitoring site at Arundel in October 2010. Collection of PM2.5 data using Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance (TEOM) instrumentation continued during 2010 at three sites in South-East Queensland (Rocklea, Springwood and Arundel) and one site in Gladstone (South Gladstone). PM2.5 monitoring using a reference sampler was also conducted at Rocklea for the entire year to gather data for the PM2.5 Equivalence Program.