National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs) are statutory instruments that specify national standards for a variety of environmental issues. They are binding on all Governments that are members of the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC).
The NEPC was established under the Commonwealth National Environment Protection Council Act 1995. In Tasmania, this is given effect through the National Environment Protection Council (Tasmania) Act 1995.
Current NEPMS include:
- Air Toxics NEPM
- Ambient Air Quality NEPM
- Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM
- Diesel Vehicle Emissions NEPM
- Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories NEPM
- National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) NEPM
- Used Packaging Materials NEPM
Further information is available on the NEPC website.
NEPMs in Tasmania
In Tasmania, NEPMs are State Policies in accordance with section 12A of the State Policies and Projects Act 1993. They are generally not directly enforceable and are implemented using a variety of mechanisms and approaches depending on the particular contents of each NEPM.
Information on how each of the NEPMs is being implemented in Tasmania can be found in NEPC annual reports.