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 1192 Ta s 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 Tasmania Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure for Tasmania by the Hon. Brian Wightman MP, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. Authorisations and the appropriateness of treatment/ disposal facilities. Tasmania continues to participate in all implementation aspects of the NEPM, including exchange of relevant information, through active membership in the Implementation Working Group which has met face-toface during the reporting period. Issues raised by industry, waste transport companies and other agencies continue to be satisfactorily resolved through this forum. Last year was the first year that controlled wastes received from External Territories was reported separately. This has particular significance for Tasmania, as most of the Controlled Waste Consignment Authorisations issued by Tasmania are for controlled wastes returned to Australia from Antarctica. There are a number of jurisdictional issues associated with the movement of controlled wastes between Tasmania and Antarctica, which are currently being considered by Tasmania and the Commonwealth. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS A significant impetus in achieving the NEPM goal has been ongoing consultation between waste producers, transporters and the EPA on controlled waste matters, particularly in ensuring that controlled wastes are being adequately treated. There have been additional and ongoing consultations between jurisdictions in relation to the appropriateness of issuing consignment authorisations. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES Legislative, regulatory and administrative framework In Tasmania the NEPM is a State Policy under the State Policies and Project Acts 1993. The key legislative instrument for implementation of the NEPM is the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. In February 2010, the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Controlled Waste Tracking) Regulations were gazetted. One of the objectives of these regulations is to further strengthen the regulatory framework of the NEPM. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is the responsible agency for the purposes of implementation of the NEPM. Implementation issues arising The NEPM is fully implemented in Tasmania. Until April 2010 it was delivered primarily through specific requirements on waste transport companies by issuing Waste Transport Business-Environment Protection Notices (WTB-EPNs) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. New controlled waste transport regulations were introduced in February 2010, requiring registration of controlled waste handlers and compliance with conditions of registration. Tasmania regularly consults with the other jurisdictions on NEPM matters such as issuing Consignment Table 1: Number of consignment authorisations issued by Tasmania Reporting year Consignment authorisations issued 200910 23 201011 22