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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80 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 It should be noted that the measure is highly technical in nature, providing detailed guidance about the process of assessing site contamination and specific elements of this. The guidelines run to several thousand pages. An alternative approach would be to limit the length of the legal instrument and treat much of the more technical material as supporting documentation. The goal of the Assessment of Site Contamination National Environment Protection Measure reflects the first part of the object of the National Environment Protection Council Act: to provide for the adequate protection of human health and well-being, where site contamination has occurred, through the development of an efficient and effective national approach to the assessment of site contamination. The measure also impacts on the second part of the object of the Act to the extent that businesses assessing contaminated sites often work in more than one jurisdiction. The measure is regularly described as a useful resource, and anecdotally there is a high level of interest in it from the business community (including frustration at the protracted nature of the current variation process). While national standards for assessing contaminated sites are likely to support the first part of the object of the Act, the resulting management and/or remediation of the site (which is not covered by the National Environment Protection Measure) is critical to meeting the goal of providing protection from soil pollution. As a national framework for the assessment of site contamination, the measure is likely to support the second part of the object of the Act in that markets are not fragmented. However, the role of the National Environment Protection Measure in support of that object is likely to be affected by the differing regulatory and administrative frameworks for implementing it and for managing any contaminated sites. Notwithstanding this there is strong support from industry for the measure, particularly from businesses that operate across several jurisdictions. DIESEL VEHICLE EMISSIONS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The National Environment Protection (Diesel Vehicle Emissions) Measure (the Diesel Vehicle Emissions National Environment Protection Measure) is a guideline that provides a framework for reducing exhaust emissions from in-service diesel vehicles. It was made in 2001 and varied in 2009. The Diesel Vehicle Emissions National Environment Protection Measure provides strategies for use by jurisdictions to ensure that in-service diesel vehicles are adequately maintained. It provides guidance for developing programs for inspection and maintenance, fleet maintenance, smoky vehicles, and vehicle retrofit. The 2007 review of the Diesel Vehicle Emissions National Environment Protection Measure found that activities implemented under the measure are beneficial in reducing diesel vehicle emissions but found it difficult to quantitatively assess the impacts of these activities. Further quantification of the extent of the contribution of the measure to providing equivalent protection would require quantitative diesel vehicle emissions data which is not currently available.