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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81 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 As the Diesel Vehicle Emissions National Environment Protection Measure, and in particular the detailed guidance provided, is designed to address a problem from a limited part of the diesel fleet (namely those vehicles made before the introduction of Australian Design Rule standards between 1996 and 2006), the contribution to improving air quality is likely to decrease as older vehicles are retired over the coming years. The Diesel Vehicle Emissions National Environment Protection Measure aims to support the object of the National Environment Protection Council Act by protecting people from air pollution from older diesel vehicles. The measure also impacts on the second part of the object of the Act to the extent that businesses operating diesel vehicles often work across jurisdictions. Consideration should be given to the costs and benefits of this National Environment Protection Measure, particularly in the context of the National Plan for Clean Air and the proposed introduction of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Consideration is given to reviewing the measure to determine whether it is required in current or amended form to meet future needs or whether formal revocation of the measure should be commenced under section 20 of the National Environment Protection Council Act. MOVEMENT OF CONTROLLED WASTE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure (the Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure) is a goal and guideline that aims to ensure that controlled wastes to be moved across borders are identified, transported and handled in ways that minimise the potential for adverse impacts to the environment and human health. It provides a national framework for developing and integrating state and territory systems for the management of the movement of controlled wastes between states and territories. The Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure was made in 1998 and subject to minor variation in 2004 and 2010. A third minor variation has been initiated to address drafting errors in the 2010 minor variation. This National Environment Protection Measure helps Australia implement international treaty obligations with respect to movement of controlled waste. Consideration needs to be given to ensuring that this obligation continues to be met. The Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure supports the first part of the object of the National Environment Protection Council Act by ensuring that controlled wastes reach licensed or approved facilities for treatment, recycling, or storage and/or disposal and therefore minimises the potential for pollution associated with the Movement of Controlled Waste Measure.
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