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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82 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 The Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure has improved the uniformity of approaches to movement of controlled waste between jurisdictions, and this is likely to have a positive impact on the second part of the object of the Act, with businesses able to use a consistent template and common standards for transporting these wastes. The National Environment Protection Measure facilitates mutual recognition of relevant licences or permits issued by a jurisdiction. NATIONAL POLLUTANT INVENTORY NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The National Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Measure (the National Pollutant Inventory) is a database that provides information on the types and amount of certain chemical emissions to the air, land and water. It establishes the database and provides for jurisdictions to require industrial facilities, such as power plants and steel works, to estimate and report annually on their emissions. Emissions from smaller industrial facilities, such as petrol stations and dry cleaners, and emissions from household and other everyday activities, are estimated by the governments of each state and territory. The National Pollutant Inventory was made in 1998 and varied in 2001 (a minor variation) and 2008. The National Pollutant Inventory supports the first object of the National Environment Protection Council Act by providing data to support policy formulation and decision making for environmental planning and management and by providing information to consumers and business. The availability of this information may affect consumer decisions or business behaviour. The national reporting, including guidance, is likely to support the second part of the object in relation to business. The review team considers it likely that the National Pollutant Inventory contributes to the object of the National Environment Protection Council Act. USED PACKAGING MATERIALS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE The National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure (the Used Packaging National Environment Protection Measure) provides for the recovery and reuse of packaging materials and data collection by brand owners, and for the collection of relevant information from brand owners and local government by jurisdictions. It underpins the voluntary strategies in the Australian Packaging Covenant, an industry self-regulatory instrument that aims to ensure that those involved in the packaging chain contribute to reducing packaging waste. The Used Packaging National Environment Protection Measure was made in 1999 and subject to minor variations in 2005 and 2010. In 2011 it was remade to address administrative issues identified with the registration of the 2005 and 2010 minor variations.