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 are required as part of the statutory process to vary a National Environment Protection Measure and provides an opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the supporting evidence to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM particles standards.

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

Public consultation

The public consultation period for the Impact Statement and draft varied measure is now closed.

Submissions are currently being considered as part of the development of a final proposal to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM. All submissions received are considered public documents unless clearly marked ‘confidential’. NEPC may, 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.

Non-confidential submissions received in response to the consultation on the proposed variation to the Ambient Air Quality NEPM are available below.

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Next steps

A summary of submissions will be prepared, considering 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 to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM in relation to the standards for particles. The summary report of submissions will be made available on the NEPC website.