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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78 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 ATTACHMENTD EFFECTIVENESS OF INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES AIR TOXICS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The National Environment Protection (Air Toxics) Measure (the Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure) is a national environment protection protocol that aims to improve the information base regarding ambient air toxic pollutants within the environment in order to facilitate the development of standards. The Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure was made in 2004 and subject to a minor variation in 2011. The purpose of the Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure is to provide a nationally consistent framework for the monitoring and reporting of air toxics and to provide information that will enable jurisdictions to establish national air quality standards which are protective of human health. The measure also enables jurisdictions to assess air quality in a consistent manner. However, as monitoring has not been done in a nationally consistent manner, data is not directly comparable. The Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure was designed as an interim measure to support the development of a national standard on air toxic pollutants. The mid-term review of the measure found that there has been significant progress towards improving the information base regarding ambient air toxics in the Australian environment. The Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure is due for review, including consideration of whether to develop national standards for air toxics. National standards for air toxics would more clearly support the object of the Act by ensuring that people enjoy the benefit of equivalent protection from air pollution. The Air Toxics National Environment Protection Measure primarily supports the first object of the Act, providing equivalent protection from air pollution. The review team considers that the measure, which focuses on actions by government, has minimal impacts on the business community and national markets. Consideration should be given to the costs and benefits of this National Environment Protection Measure and a review completed to determine whether it is required in current or amended form to meet future needs or whether formal revocation should be commenced under section 20 of the National Environment Protection Council Acts.