Proposed variation to the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure in relation to the standards for particles

The National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) has released an impact statement and draft variation to the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (Ambient Air Quality NEPM) in relation to the standards for airborne particles.

The Ambient Air Quality NEPM establishes national ambient air quality standards and a national framework for the monitoring and reporting of six common air pollutants, including airborne particles.

The 2011 review of the Ambient Air Quality NEPM provided recommendations in relation to the standards for particles, including revising the standards to take into account new evidence around the health effects of air pollution.

On 29 April 2014, Environment Ministers signalled their intent to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM based on the latest scientific understanding of the health risks arising from airborne particle pollution.

Impact Statement and draft varied measure

An impact statement and draft varied measure is now open for public comment and provides stakeholders with an opportunity to provide their views on the information and options presented.

Further information regarding the proposal to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM is available as a Question and Answer fact sheet .

Public consultation

Submissions close 10 October 2014 and responses will be made publicly available unless marked as ‘confidential’. The responses will be considered in the development of a final proposal to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM.

How to make a submission

The Impact Statement and draft varied measure are now open for public comment and provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide their views on the information and options presented.

Submissions can be made to the NEPC by completing an online questionnaire or in writing .

Submissions close 10 October 2014.

Online questionnaire

The questionnaire seeks feedback on the range of issues covered in the Impact Statement. It specifically asks for your views on the preferred particle standards and options for implementation. The questionnaire provides you with opportunities to comment on the questions presented in the Impact Statement and to attach any additional supporting information.

The questionnaire is being managed by the Ipsos Social Research Institute and is available at: http://apps.iviewsurveys.com.au/anon.

Written submissions

Submissions can be made in writing and addressed to:

The Executive Officer
National Environment Protection Council
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Alternatively, submissions can be emailed to: NEPC@environment.gov.au

Confidentiality

All submissions are public documents unless clearly marked ‘confidential’ and may be made available to other interested parties, including by being published on the NEPC website. You should indicate in your submission if you wish your contribution to be confidential.

In making a confidential submission you should be aware that even where a submission is marked confidential, it may be requested under Commonwealth, State or Territory Freedom of Information legislation and that if such a request is made, some or all of the information contained in that submission may be released under the applicable legislation.

NEPC will generally publish the submissions it receives on its website (other than those marked confidential). It may however, in its absolute discretion, decide not to publish or to publish an edited version of a submission where:

  • the submission contains personal information about an individual or individuals and NEPC is concerned that the individual(s) are not aware of the use of their personal information and may object to the publication of it; or
  • the content may be considered defamatory, offensive or is otherwise of no benefit to the consultation process.

Next steps

At the conclusion of the Public Consultation period a summary of submissions will be prepared that considers all responses to the questionnaire, written submissions and any other feedback received during the consultation process. This will inform the development and NEPC’s consideration of a final proposal for varying the Ambient Air Quality NEPM in relation to the standards for particles. The summary report of submissions will be published on the NEPC website.