former Standing Council on Environment and Water

(incorporating the National Environment Protection Council)

National Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Measure

On 13 December 2013, COAG replaced its 22 Standing Councils, Select Councils and governance fora with a set of eight Councils and the decision saw the revocation of the Standing Council on Environment and Water. Work is currently underway to resolve how its existing work would be handled in the future. In the interim, this website is currently maintained for historical purposes and is scheduled for archiving.

A new website for the National Environment Protection Council is currently under development.

NEPM: National Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Measure 1998 
Made by NEPC: 27 February 1998
Commenced: Clauses 1&2: 4 March 1998, Remaining clauses: 1 July 1998

Please contact the relevant jurisdictional agency regarding detailed implementation information for this NEPM. Decisions about the way in which NEPMs are implemented are made by each jurisdiction individually.

What's currently happening

In April 2008, NEPC commenced the process to vary the NEPM, in order to remove greenhouse gas and energy reporting requirements now covered by the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 . The current NPI NEPM (as varied) was made in November 2008. The NPI does not include greenhouse gas emissions.

National Pollutant Inventory NEPM Goal

1. To collect a broad base of information on emissions and transfers of substances on the reporting list, and
2. To disseminate the information collected to all sectors of the community in a useful, accessible and understandable form.

Desired Environmental Outcomes

  1. the maintenance and improvement of
    1. ambient air quality; and
    2. ambient marine, estuarine and fresh water quality;
  2. the minimisation of environmental impacts associated with hazardous wastes; and
  3. an improvement in the sustainable use of resources.

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