Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council
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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 182 C om m on w ea lt h A IR T O X IC S Commonwealth Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Air Toxics) 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 The Air Toxics NEPM has provided a nationally consistent framework for assessing the ambient levels of specified air toxics in a range of locations. Monitoring activities undertaken under the NEPM will provide important data for the review of the NEPM that should commence in 2012. 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. In the 20052006 NEPC Annual Report the Commonwealth reported on its desktop analysis, which identified that there were no Commonwealth sites on which there was a potential for significant population exposure to elevated levels of air toxics. No reassessment of the information on air toxics levels and population exposure was undertaken in the reporting year, as no Commonwealth agency has reported that activities at their sites have varied significantly from the previous reporting year. The Commonwealth is leading the work undertaken through the Environment Protection and Heritage Council on key sources of air pollutants, including air toxics from wood heaters and non-road spark ignition engines and equipment. In 201011, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) commenced work on a consultation regulation impact statement to assess options for reducing emissions from domestic wood heaters. DSEWPaC also undertook a public consultation process through the release of a consultation regulation impact statement for non-road spark ignition engines and equipment, which considered options for managing emissions from lawn mowers and other garden equipment and outboard motors. Building on from this, the development of a decision regulation impact statement was commenced, considering all stakeholder submissions from the consultation process. In February 2011, the Council of Australian Governments agreed to a comprehensive reform plan for a new system of Ministerial Councils. Projects to reduce emissions will be considered under the Environment and Water Ministers policy agenda.