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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 1 156 Implementation issues arising For detailed implementation activities, please refer to jurisdictional reports as listed in Part 5. Table 2: Summary of implementation issues arising Jurisdiction Summary of implementation issues arising Commonwealth Nil issues reported. New South Wales Nil issues reported. Victoria Nil issues reported. Queensland Nil issues reported. Western Australia Nil issues reported. South Australia Nil issues reported. Tasmania Nil issues reported. Australian Capital Territory Nil issues reported. Northern Territory Nil issues reported. PART 3 JURISDICTIONAL REPORT ON ACTIVITIES UNDER THE NEPM All jurisdictions report a high level of compliance with the guidelines as set out in the NEPM. Government agencies in each relevant jurisdiction continue to work closely with local government to deal with potential contamination issues. Most jurisdictions have assumed the NEPM guidelines into legislation or planning codes to ensure greater compliance. Clause 9 of the NEPM sets out the information that jurisdictions are required to report. Please refer to jurisdictional reports in Part 5. PART 4 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM continues to provide guidance to professional practitioners in the field of site contamination assessment. One jurisdiction noted that some improvements in the consistency of site assessment have resulted from use of the NEPM. Jurisdictional suggestions for the enhancement of the NEPM included the development of national guidelines for assessing contaminated sites in pristine or highly protected areas; an expansion of the NEPM to enable the assessment of ecological health risk; and more guidance on assessing some of the volatile contaminants that are commonly encountered on many sites. Broadening the accessibility of assessment guidelines was also suggested as a way of improving the administration of the NEPM. NEPM variation Work continued on a process to vary the NEPM during 201011. It is expected that this work will be completed during the next reporting period. The variation process aims to improve guidance on a range of site assessment issues, including revised health-based investigation levels, a new national methodology for derivation of ecological investigation levels, dealing with petroleum hydrocarbon contamination, updated site characterisation technologies and assessing asbestos soil contamination. The process aims to improve assessment and response to potential human health risks and provide a scientific basis for the evaluation of ecological risks from common soil contaminants. It is anticipated that the variation of the NEPM will improve the standard and consistency of site assessments by clarifying certain aspects of the NEPM that have not been consistently applied by environmental practitioners. PART 5 REPORTING ON IMPLEMENTATION BY JURISDICTIONS The annexes to this report are in Appendix 1. A SS E SS M E N T O F SI T E C O N TA M IN A T IO N N E PM

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