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 1196 N T 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 Northern Territory Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure for Northern Territory by Mr Karl Hampton MLA, Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS Implementation of the NEPM has been limited in the Northern Territory as the movement of controlled waste tends to be from the NT to other states. The NEPM does, however, provide a consistent system for use in the NT when required. Talks are underway with NSW to seek a copy of their electronic database to be implemented in the NT with local IT support to facilitate better cohesion with tracking requirements under the NEPM. It is hoped that this will be in place by the end of the financial year. The Northern Territory is unaware of any consignments entering the Territory, other than transiting through the NT to other jurisdictions, and has not been in receipt of any requests to dispose of or treat controlled wastes in the Territory The Territory is not aware of or having been in receipt of reports of discrepancies in reporting requirements. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES The Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998 provides the legislative basis to regulate and administer the NEPM. The Department Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sports (NRETAS) currently administers the NTs obligations through licensing of scheduled activities that involve the movement of controlled wastes across state/territory boundaries and the issuing and receipt of Waste Transport Certificates. This level of involvement is commensurate with the terms of the Agreement between States and Territories on matters relating to the implementation of the NEPM. The level of environmental safeguard is further bolstered within the Territory by the NT Worksafe administration of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act.
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