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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30 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 3.3 MANAGING THE IMPACTS OF GROWTH AND ENHANCING LIVEABILITY Key challenges for environment protection in Australia over the next 10 to 20 years are likely to include: further reducing the regulatory burden to support improved business productivity, including seamless operations across Australia establishing clear environmental standards and requirements and streamlined approvals processes that support business investment supporting and managing the impacts of economic and population growth enhancing liveability, particularly in our growing urban environments, and dealing with legacies such as contaminated sites and landfills working within an increasingly connected national and international context protecting productive environments that support food production and other services managing the impacts of increasingly diffuse sources of pollution (in part due to population growth) reducing cost to government. 3.4 A TOOLKIT TO MEET FUTURE NEED In order to ensure effective and efficient environmental policy making and implementation, policy makers need to be able to select the most appropriate and effective approach from a range of possible tools. A national approach would support the Council of Australian Governments efficiency agenda and could mirror the work under way to reform environmental regulation processes. There are a range of issues that need cooperative engagement. These include: setting ambient environmental quality standards (such as air standards and water quality standards) establishing standard regulatory approaches (such as the National Pollutant Inventory National Environment Protection Measure and the Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure) setting product standardsnoting that this is really a subset of the application of common regulatory requirements and subject to legislative (mutual recognition) requirements developing uniform decision-making tools to identify acceptable environmental impacts and controls (e.g. environmental controls on chemical use) providing common professional accreditations, technology approvals and audit schemes providing guidance (such as the Assessment of Site Contamination National Environment Protection Measure)