Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts
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19 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 1 INTRODUCTION AND REVIEWS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS The Commonwealth National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 and complementary state and territory legislation passed from 1994 to 1996 (collectively the National Environment Protection Council Acts) implemented a key platform of the 1992 Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment to create a body to make national environment protection standards, guidelines, goals and associated protocolsNational Environment Protection Measures. The National Environment Protection Council is made up of ministers from each participating jurisdiction. The Commonwealth, state and territory governments participate in the National Environment Protection Council. The object of the National Environment Protection Council Acts is to ensure that, by means of the establishment and operation of the National Environment Protection Council: 1. People enjoy the benefit of equivalent protection from air, water or soil pollution and from noise, wherever they live in Australia. 2. Decisions of the business community are not distorted, and markets are not fragmented, by variations between participating jurisdictions in relation to the adoption or implementation of major environment protection measures. The National Environment Protection Council Acts empower the National Environment Protection Council to make National Environment Protection Measures in the form of standards, guidelines, goals or protocols on: 1. Ambient air quality. 2. Ambient marine, estuarine and fresh water quality. 3. The protection of amenity in relation to noise (but only if differences in environmental requirements relating to noise would have an adverse effect on national markets for goods and services). 4. General guidelines for the assessment of site contamination. 5. Environmental impacts associated with hazardous wastes. 6. The reuse and recycling of used materials. 7. Motor vehicle noise and emissions (in conjunction with the National Transport Commission as set out in section (14(2))3. The National Environment Protection Council has made seven National Environment Protection Measures, which are discussed further at 3.1 in this report. The National Environment Protection Council is also responsible for assessing and reporting on 3 References to the Act refer to the relevant section in the Commonwealth Act and the equivalent provision of the corresponding Act of each participating state and territory.
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