Developing the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality

This page has information on the development of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality and amendments to the standards.

Timeline of events 

Date What happened  Document link
October 2003

The Minister for the Environment notified a range of proposed national environmental standards for air quality.

 
October- December 2003

Public consultation period on the proposed standards held.

 
February 2004 Report on submissions released. Proposed National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Report on submissions
May 2004 Policy documents on the proposed standards released.

Proposed National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Resource Management Act Section 32: Analysis of the costs and benefits

 

Regulatory impact and compliance cost statement: National Environmental Standard for Air Quality

October 2004 The National Environmental Standards for Air Quality came into effect. Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004 [New Zealand Legislation website]
June 2009 The regulations relating to PM10 were reviewed to address concerns about the perceived stringency of the ambient standard, the lack of equity for industrial air pollution sources and difficulty in achieving the original target timeline of 2013. See the 2009 review web page

June 2010

A discussion document was released on the proposed amendments to the air quality standards for PM10 and how these amendments address the gaps in the PM10 regulations.

 

Public submissions were accepted from 10 June to 9 July.

Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Discussion document

November 2010

Regulatory impact statement analysing the costs and benefits of proposed amendments to the PM10 released.

Regulatory impact statement: Amending the PM10 Air Quality Standards: Final Recommendations
January 2011 Report on submissions on proposed amendments released. Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Report on submissions
April 2011 The evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act report was released. Revised National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act
June 2011 The amended regulations to the air quality standards for PM10 came into force on 1 June 2011.

Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004 [New Zealand Legislation website].

Reviewed:
30/07/16