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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41 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 ambient marine, estuarine and fresh water quality 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) general guidelines for the assessment of site contamination environmental impacts associated with hazardous wastes the re-use and recycling of used materials except as provided in subsection 14(2), motor vehicle noise and emissions. 4.4 BROADENING THE SCOPE OF THE TOOLKIT FOR NATIONAL ACTION The current National Environment Protection Measures framework is not always the most appropriate tool to use in response to all current and future environmental challenges. For example: the scope of matters for which a National Environment Protection Measure may be made is limited the objects of the Acts and the definitions of standard, goal and protocol5 focus on ambient environmental quality. Addressing some future challenges may require a framework for nationally consistent decisions about other matters that contribute to protection of environmental quality (such as environmental performance standards for products and equipment), supported by either or both national and jurisdictional implementation flexibility in implementation creates additional risks when seeking to establish national requirements in relation to products for sale or occupations due to the requirements of the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 and supporting state and territory legislation. Current priorities of the Standing Council for Environment and Water for which these issues are relevant include: the development of the National Plan for Clean Air and consideration of emission or other controls on products such as wood heaters and non-road diesel engines labelling of certain equipment in relation to noise the Council of Australian Government Chemical Reform Program, including proposals to establish a national standard-setting body and national framework for environmental controls for industrial chemicals. Such issues are likely to gain priority due to the increasing importance of diffuse impacts on the environment and the association of these with population growth. 5 The Acts identify that a National Environment Protection Measure must contain one or more of the following: standard, goal, protocol and guideline.