New sampling, measurement and analysis methods are now available for environmental noise, air and water pollutants
Information about the new approved methods for the sampling, measurement and analysis of air and water pollutants, and the measurement and analysis of environmental noise for EPA licensees, consultants, laboratories, technical and professional associations.
New approved methods for the sampling, measurement and analysis of air and water pollutants, and the measurement and analysis of environmental noise are now available for EPA licensees, consultants, laboratories, technical and professional associations.
The methods have been updated following consultation earlier this year and reflect contemporary science and best practice to ensure better protection for the environment and community.
EPA Director Environmental Solutions Sonya Errington said the new methods provide industry with greater certainty and consistency in their requirements as well as increased flexibility and reduced red tape
“These new approved methods are easy to use, reflect up to date methods, provide better guidance and remove unnecessary requirements,” Ms Errington said.
“For example they provide up-to-date guidance on collecting and handling samples and what records need to be kept, as well as removing the requirement to seek EPA approval to vary analytical methods - except in limited circumstances - and provide guidance on when EPA approval should be sought.
“By requiring that these methods are used to monitor air, noise and water pollution the EPA is ensuring the data used to protect the community from these pollution impacts is reliable and can be trusted.”
Ms Errington said that a new approach is being taken to requirements for ambient air monitoring methods to make sure that requirements keep pace with rapidly changing technology in this area. Ambient air monitoring methods are no longer included in the air approved methods but will exist on EPA’s website instead. A new guideline has also been developed on the selection of appropriate methods for ambient air monitoring and is on the EPA’s website.
See the documents and supporting information including key changes, implementation and transitional arrangements, response to submissions from the consultation period, and frequently asked questions for air, water and noise