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

Governments Agree on National Pollutant Database

29 November 1996

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill, has won support from State and Territory Governments for his proposal to establish a National Pollutant Inventory (NPI).

The NPI is designed to inform the community of the pollutants which are being emitted into the environment.

At a meeting today in Brisbane, the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) has decided that the NPI should become a National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM). NEPMs ensure uniform environment standards and protection for all Australians.

Senator Hill, who chairs the NEPC, says much of the work on the NPI had already been done.

"Public consultation will be a key feature of the development of the Inventory as an NEPM.

"Four successful trials have been conducted and have confirmed that the approach Australia has developed will be highly effective. The trials revealed overwhelming community support for an NPI. The high level of voluntary participation in the trials by industry was also a sign that Australia is ready for an NPI.

"The NPI will ensure that all Australians are well informed about the environment in which they live.

"It will encourage and enable companies to improve their environmental performance.

"And, importantly, it will help Governments set their environmental priorities and monitor their environmental programs," Senator Hill said.

When implemented the NPI will detail industry and domestic emissions to land, water and air and be available to the public.

Under the National Environment Protection Council legislation, the Ministers are required, when drafting a Measure, to consider:

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