Archive for March, 2013
It was June last year that the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) based on sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer.- The re-classification has large implications for anybody exposed to diesel exhaust – which is most of us, most of the time seeing as we all live in cities where trucks and diesel cars roam free.
This (Australian) Radio National article considers the implications for residents near a busy road and the Australian mining industry.
Whilst it seems a distant prospect in January, the first regional council reporting deadline to the Ministry for the Environment is 1 September 2013 and will be upon us before we know it.
The National Air Quality Compliance Strategystates that the Ministry will review monitoring data as well as airshed implementation progress reports. For polluted airsheds, the provision of an airshed action plan and a progress report may also be mandatory.
If you need a hand with any aspect of compliance – please give us a call.
We are pleased to announce that Louise has received accreditation under the Resource Management Act from successfully completing (grade = excellent!) the Ministry for the Environment Making Good Decisions programme.
Louise can now act as an Independent Commissioner for Hearings on resource consents, plan changes and/or designation changes. Louise’s certificate is valid until December 2015.
The latest amendments to the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007 came into force on 1 January 2013. In summary, the amendments:
- require used vehicles certified from 1 January 2013 to be built to the current recognised exhaust emissions standards;
- incorporate (in the Rule) new Australian Design Rules and equivalent Euro standards for new light vehicles from 1 November 2013;
- incorporate implementation dates for the US 2007 and Japan 09 emissions standards for new vehicles.
All vehicles entering the country (new or used) must now meet at least Euro 4/IV or equivalent. From 1 November 2016, all new petrol, diesel, LPG and CNG vehicles will be required to meet Euro 5/V. No date as yet has been set for tightening the emissions requirement to Euro 5/V for used vehicles entering the fleet.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has issued a consolidated version of the rule which incorporates the original rule plus all four amendments to date.