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

A JOINT STATEMENT WITH QUEENSLAND MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT,
THE HON BRIAN LITTLEPROUD

QUEENSLAND TESTS NEW POLLUTION DATABASE


15 March 1998
(23/98)

Australia's new national database on pollution is being put through its paces in a trial run in south east Queensland.

More than 90 industrial facilities in south east Queensland have volunteered to be a part of the trial run of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI).

The NPI will give the public access to information about emissions to their local environment. The information will be available through an NPI Internet site and through community libraries.

Larger Australian facilities are required to estimate and report annually their emissions of the chemicals listed on the NPI from July 1 1998. The NPI database also lists emissions from residential sources.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the response from industry in south east Queensland is a good sign for the NPI.

"The response shows that industry does want to behave responsibly when it comes to the environment and the community's right to know about emissions.

"By playing a part in this trial south east Queensland industry will help us iron out any potential problems in the reporting process before the national system gets up and running.

"This will ensure the system does not place an unreasonable burden on industry and that the information gathered will be of greatest possible benefit to the community."

Queensland Environment Minister Brian Littleproud says that south east Queensland's industry were providing estimates of their emissions of the chemicals listed on the NPI to the air, water and land.

"It is expected that the emissions data for the South East Queensland trial will be loaded onto the Internet by September this year.

"We greatly appreciate the work that our local industry has put into the NPI trial which will make a real impact into the way the program operates nationally," Mr Littleproud said.

The Ministers have presented certificates of appreciation to facilities and the eleven industry bodies which are participating in the trial.

The NPI is a cooperative program between Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 026 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Kerry White (Mr Littleproud) 07 3227 8819

For further information on the SEQ NPI Trial: Stewart McFarlane (07) 3225 2710

March 15, 1998
23/98

Commonwealth of Australia