Pacific Environment would like to inform our our existing and future clients about recent changes to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) impact assessment criteria for PM10 and PM2.5.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has updated the Approved Methods for the Modelling and Assessment of Air Pollutants in New South Wales, to include particle assessment criteria consistent with revised National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) particle standards.

Old and New Criteria Compared

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Air quality impact assessments submitted after January 20, 2017

The Approved Methods for the Modelling and Assessment of Air Pollutants in NSW (2016) (“Approved Methods”) was gazetted on 20 January 2017 and replaces the Approved Methods document dated August 2005.

The EPA will reference the updated Approved Methods (2016) when evaluating air quality impact assessments submitted as part of any planning application on or after the gazettal date of the Approved Methods (20 January 2017).

The EPA will reference the Approved Methods document dated August 2005 when assessing air quality impact assessments submitted as part of any planning application prior to 20 January 2017.

Will your application be affected?

Your operation’s Air Quality Impact Assessment may be affected by the changes to the NSW EPA Approved Methods. Get in touch with our Air Quality team today to find out more information on enquiries@pacific-environment.com.