Dr Faruqi to the Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for the Illawarra representing the Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage—
Given the planned adoption of new standards on wood smoke heaters and the large public health costs of currently legal PM 2.5 heaters, why is the Government waiting five years to mandate a PM1.5 limit?
I am advised as follows:
The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority has been working with other jurisdictions and with industry to develop new tighter standards for wood heaters.
The draft standards propose a reduction in the emission limit to 1.5 grams of particles per kilogram of wood burnt. The draft standards do not propose a PM 1.5 limit.
Members of the Standards Australia Technical Committee CS-062 (the Committee) agreed that the timeframe of five years was appropriate to develop and commence manufacturing of new cleaner and more efficient wood heater models. The Committee is comprised of members from Commonwealth, State, and New Zealand government agencies, technical and academic experts and organisations, consumer groups and Australian and New Zealand industry groups.
Question asked on 6 March 2014 (session 55-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 188.
Answer received on 10 April 2014 and to be printed in a Questions & Answers Paper on 6 May 2014.