Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 152 PART 3 JURISDICTIONAL REPORT ON ACTIVITIES UNDER THE NEPM Detailed monitoring data are available in jurisdictional compliance reports which are available from www.ephc.gov.au During 201011, the Air Quality Working Group worked on projects to reduce emissions from various product and equipment types and proposed a new integrated approach to national air quality management. Jurisdictions report a continued focus on managing emissions from motor vehicles and wood heaters, with some jurisdictions investigating and trialling a number of monitoring technologies. One jurisdiction initiated a new pilot program to assist in reducing emissions from nonroad diesel engines. One state reported that exceedances of the standard for PM10 have decreased; however, reasons for this decrease are yet to be determined. Improvements may be associated with changes in industry practice or simply due to weather alone. Another jurisdiction reported some delays in implementation of monitoring due to completion of campaign monitoring, other monitoring priorities, or site closure. The State of the Air Report a national report The Commonwealth released the State of the Air in Australia 19982008 report in April 2011. The report provides a national analysis of air quality for the 10-year period from 19992008 in Australias major urban and regional monitoring regions. The data included in the report were collected by each state and territory as part of their monitoring for compliance for the NEPM. The report is the second national report on air quality. The report found that Australias air quality is good overall, but noted that meeting air quality standards in the future will be more challenging. A copy of the report is available from www.environment.gov.au/atmosphere/publications/stateof-the-air/index.html PART 4 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM has been valuable in the management and assessment of air quality in Australia. It provides a nationally consistent framework for the monitoring and reporting of air quality and nationally consistent benchmarks against which to assess quality. Meeting the AAQ NEPM standards for ozone continues to be a significant challenge for larger metropolitan areas of a number of jurisdictions, given pressures from a growing population, urban expansion and the associated increase in motor vehicle use. Bushfires and controlled burning continue to be sources of exceedances of particulate levels in a number of jurisdictions, particularly those in eastern Australia. During the reporting period, work commenced on a consultation regulation impact statement (CRIS) to assess options for reducing emissions from domestic wood heaters. A public consultation process through the release of a CRIS for non-road spark ignition engines and equipment was also undertaken. PART 5 REPORTING ON IMPLEMENTATION BY JURISDICTIONS The annexes to this report are in Appendix 1. A M B IE N T A IR Q U A L IT Y N E PM