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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88 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 ATTACHMENTF HISTORY OF VARIATIONS AIR TOXICS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE (2011 MINOR VARIATION) Information provided by jurisdictions through the mid-term review identified several areas of the National Environment Protection Measure that needed minor changes to improve the implementation of the measure and assist in meeting the measures purpose. The review found that monitoring methods required in the National Environment Protection Measure were not generally being used as they were too resource intensive. However, other internationally recognised methods were being used which provided data valuable to the measures overall goal of collecting sufficient data regarding air toxics in Australia to enable further decisions to be made. The minor variation should enable these, and the data collected, to be used in achieving the overall outcome of the National Environment Protection Measure and increase our knowledge of air toxics in Australia. AMBIENT AIR QUALITY NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE (2003 VARIATION) The Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure was varied to include advisory reporting standards for particles as PM2.5. The 2011 review of the measure (commenced in 2005) has highlighted growing challenges to air quality due to climate change and population growth and highlighted the ability to improve management of air quality in Australia. Any future variation of the National Environment Protection Measure will be considered in the development of a National Plan for Clean Air. ASSESSMENT OF SITE CONTAMINATION NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE (2007 VARIATION PROCESS UNDER WAY) In 2007 the National Environment Protection Council agreed to initiate a variation of the Assessment of Site Contamination National Environment Protection Measure. The proposed variation will ensure that the measure remains the premier document for the assessment of site contamination in Australia by drawing on the latest methodologies for assessing human and ecological risk from site contamination, and updating guidance on site assessment methods in line with technological changes in Australia and overseas. The National Environment Protection Council is expected to consider the variation shortly.