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 1 153 Tas A SSE SSM E N T O F SIT E C O N TA M IN A T IO N Tasmania Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure for Tasmania by the Hon. Brian Wightman MP, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM has provided highly useful guidance to professional practitioners in the field of site contamination assessment. The variation of the NEPM should increase its effectiveness by ensuring it takes account of recent developments in the field and by clarifying certain aspects of the NEPM that have not been consistently applied by environmental practitioners. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Under section 12A of the State Policies and Projects Act 1993 (the Act), NEPMs are taken to be State Policies immediately after they are made by the National Environment Protection Council. When NEPMs become State Policies, they come within the provisions of section 13 of the Act, including the obligation (section 13(3)) for the Resource Planning and Development Commission to amend planning schemes to remove any inconsistencies with the State Policy. Section 13(1) of the Act provides that the State Policy prevails in the event of any inconsistency. Tasmania continues to progress the implementation of the NEPM through the development of a standard planning code, implementation of 2007 contaminated sites amendments to the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, implementation of regulations for preventing environmental harm on sites with underground petroleum storage systems and by incorporating reference to it in all guidelines produced. There are no significant issues to report.
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