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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

21 June 2000

NATIONAL POLLUTANT INVENTORY TO BE EXPANDED


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announced a major expansion of Australia's on-line pollution database.

Launched by Senator Hill in January, the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) has for the first time given Australians a clear picture of what pollutants are being discharged into their neighbourhoods.

"In its first five months more than 200,000 people have logged on to the website to check out information on the types and amounts of emissions discharged into the air, land and water," Senator Hill said.

"Today I'm pleased to announce that from July 1st next year the database will be further expanded moving from a list of 36 substances to a list of 90 substances.

"This will give the NPI a more complete picture of pollution levels in a local area, region or city."

As well as identifying the emissions from specific facilities, State and Territory governments also report to the NPI on pollution levels from non-industrial sources like motor vehicles, wood-fire smoke and lawn mowers.

"There is no doubt that the NPI is an unprecedented information resource for the community, an impetus for cleaner production for industry and a valuable environmental management tool for governments," Senator Hill said.

"Now we can build on that foundation by taking into account a more comprehensive list of substances," Senator Hill said.

The National Pollutant Inventory website is at: www.npi.ea.gov.au

21 June 2000

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