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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1180 C om m on w ea lt h M O V E M E N T O F C O N T R O L L E D W A ST E B E T W E E N S TA T E S A N D T E R R IT O R IE S Commonwealth Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure for the Commonwealth by the Hon. Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS From the perspective of participating government agencies, the NEPM generally operates efficiently and provides an effective framework for implementation across the states and territories. No Commonwealth agency reporting on the NEPM indicated any problems in meeting the requirements of the NEPM. As a result of consultation between reporting agencies, the IWG and the states and territories, the reporting of movements of waste from external territories will now be captured in a separate reporting column. The review of the NEPM, which began in 2009, was completed by November 2010 and has provided an opportunity for wider industry and public consultation on the efficiency and effectiveness of the NEPM. One agency suggested that templates for data capture may improve the effective administration of the NEPM. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES The Commonwealth implements the NEPM administratively and ensures that its obligations under the National Environment Protection Act 1994 are met. Through its involvement in the Implementation Working Group (IWG), the Commonwealth is working with the states and territories to continue to implement the NEPM in a consistent approach. Members of the IWG communicate regularly through email and meetings. The NEPM has been under review during this reporting period. In late 2010, the NEPC made a minor variation to the NEPM to provide greater clarity, remove unnecessary regulatory burden and remove clauses that are no longer required. For the reporting year, Commonwealth agencies indicated that the management of waste services and the movement of controlled waste between states are managed mainly through contract arrangements. These contract arrangements require the contractor to comply with all Commonwealth, state, territory and local legislation, regulations, guidelines and standards. The reporting agencies indicated that they had incorporated activities under the NEPM in environmental management systems (EMS), waste management tracking systems, in-house training and standard operating procedures. These EMS and policies were also applied and implemented by the contractors engaged by the agencies to provide waste management services.

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