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Environment Ministers agree to vary Ambient Air Quality NEPM

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Environment ministers from across Australia met on 29 April in Canberra to progress key environment issues of national significance.

Following the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) decision in December 2013 to streamline and refocus its Council system, environment ministers discussed which of the matters formerly overseen by the Standing Council on Environment and Water required resolution on a national collaborative basis. Ministers agreed to give priority to reviewing environmental regulation.

Of relevance to environmental testing facilities and stakeholders is the Ministerial agreement that a National Review of Environmental Regulation is important to the national regulatory reform agenda. 

One significant and specific technical matter mentioned is the intention to vary the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure for particles. The Measure seeks to establish a more stringent reporting standard for particle pollution (PM2.5 and PM10).

The agreed statement can be downloaded at http://www.environment.gov.au/news/2014/04/29/meeting-environment-ministers-agreed-statement .