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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86 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 Jurisdictional reporting data provides an understanding of actions taken and in some cases provides trend data (such as on reports on smoky vehicles). The review team considers that reporting on this National Environment Protection Measure could be improved by incorporating an outcome focusfor example by assessing the air quality impacts of the actions taken. Separate systems for reporting smoky diesel vehicles compared to smoky non-diesel vehicles would provide more meaningful data on the level of diesel vehicle emissions. In addition, many implementation activities associated with this National Environment Protection Measure are also included in the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure. Rather than repeat this information, jurisdictions could provide reference to the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure. MOVEMENT OF CONTROLLED WASTE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE Under the Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure jurisdictions report on movement of controlled waste into each jurisdiction, indicating jurisdiction of origin, waste code and quantity of waste and the level of discrepancies (such as non-arrival of a consignment) as a percentage of total authorised controlled waste movements. This information is intended to inform the National Environment Protection Councils assessment of the effectiveness of the National Environment Protection Measure and is likely to support that aim. The National Environment Protection Council has represented the annual movement of controlled waste in graphs which allow a comparison of annual activity under this National Environment Protection Measure. Information exchange between jurisdictions ensures consistent application of the measure, and the data reporting required provides valuable trend data. NATIONAL POLLUTANT INVENTORY Reporting is central to the National Pollutant Inventory, with industrial facilities and jurisdictions estimating emissions of defined pollutants and presenting that information on the National Pollutant Inventory database. The 2005 review of the National Pollutant Inventory found that the [National Pollutant Inventory] has delivered benefits to, and met the needs of a range of groups and provided information for a wide variety of purposes. In addition to the database, the National Environment Protection Council must include a summary of information collected for the purposes of the National Pollutant Inventory in its annual report to parliaments. The annual report is also the avenue for naming those that have breached their reporting requirements. The 201011 annual report contains details on the number of facilities reporting on the National Environment Protection Measure, the use of the database and implementation issues raised by jurisdictions.