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Currently there are three environment protection policies dealing with the management of air quality in South Australia:
- Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 1994
- Environment Protection (Burning) Policy 1994
- Environment Protection (Motor Vehicle Fuel) Policy 2002
Work is currently underway to consolidate these various policy instruments into a single comprehensive policy, through the revision of the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 1994, to simplify the protection of air quality and reduce the regulatory burden of these various policies.
In addition there are several National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs) that deal with air quality matters. NEPMs are statutory instruments which outline agreed national objectives for protecting or managing certain aspects of the environment.
- NEPM: Ambient Air Quality (as varied) August 2003
National standards for ambient air quality (ambient air does not include indoor air) were set in 1998 for six primary air pollutants: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, lead and particles. The Ambient Air NEPM was then varied in March 2003 to add an advisory reporting standard for particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5).
- NEPM: Air Toxics December 2004
In 2004 the Air Toxics NEPM was established to facilitate monitoring and reporting on five air toxics which have been associated with a range of health problems: benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, xylenes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These air toxics exist at relatively low concentrations in urban air sheds, with significantly elevated levels only occurring near sources such as industrial sites, heavily used roads and areas affected by wood smoke.
- NEPM: National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) [as varied] November 2008
- NEPM: Diesel Vehicle Emissions June 2001
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