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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26 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 The development of National Environment Protection Measures is still considered a valid option available to governments to address environmental problems. National Environment Protection Measures are currently being considered as a potential means to reduce packaging impacts and establish national product standards to reduce air pollution and noise emissions. The Ramsay Review flagged the proposal for a Product Stewardship National Environment Protection Measure. This measure was not pursued; the Commonwealth instead enacted the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Since the Ramsay Review was conducted in 2006 the National Environment Protection Council has continued to focus on managing and reporting on existing National Environment Protection Measures. This has resulted in: reviews of five of the seven National Environment Protection Measures variations to two National Environment Protection Measures (National Pollutant Inventory and Diesel Vehicle Emissions) minor variations to three of the National Environment Protection Measures (Movement of Controlled Wastes, Used Packaging Materials (varied twice) and Air Toxics) remaking of the Used Packaging Materials National Environment Protection Measure to address issues with registration in the 2005 and 2010 variation processes. In addition, work has continued on the process to vary the Assessment of Site Contamination National Environment Protection Measure which was initiated in 2007, and on a further minor variation to address drafting errors in the 2010 variation to the Movement of Controlled Wastes National Environment Protection Measure. A summary of activity for individual National Environment Protection Measures is at 3.1. 2.4 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL GOVERNANCE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL OPERATIONS The Act currently requires the National Environment Protection Council to make operational decisions regarding the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, including appointment of the Executive Officer. While these powers have been delegated to the committeeand, in the case of the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, are expected to be removed when it is extinguished via amendments to financial framework legislationmore could be done to remove the burden of operational matters from the National Environment Protection Council, particularly considering the number of out-ofsession decisions the council is required to make.