National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality: Air Monitoring Plan for NSW

On the 26 June 1998 the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC), consisting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers, made the Measure on Ambient Air Quality (hereafter referred to as the Measure), NEPC (1998). This Measure established a set of Standards and Goals for six air pollutants - carbon monoxide, photochemical oxidants (as ozone), nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, particles as PM10 - and outlined the methods by which these pollutants are to be measured, assessed and reported.

This Report presents New South Wales' submission on how it plans to monitor, assess and report air quality for the purposes of the Measure.

Jurisdictions undertaking air quality monitoring for compliance reporting purposes are required to be NATA accredited. Current NSW OEH accreditation details are provided below:

NATA Accreditation number 14209.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage,
Climate and
Atmospheric Science Branch

Contact: Mr Matt Riley
Phone: (02) 9995 6032
Address: Climate and Atmospheric Science Branch, Dock 2 Weerona Road,
LIDCOMBE NSW 2141
Facilities: Conditionally available for public testing
Modified: 24-NOV-15

This facility complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025

7.65 Air 
   .02 Ambient air
       Continuous monitoring of ambient air networks
       listed as determination(s) by technique(s) using method(s) -
       Carbon monoxide by direct reading instrument using AS 3580.7.1
       Light scattering by integrating nephelometer using AS/NZS 3580.12.1
       Oxides of nitrogen - NO and NOx by chemiluminescence using AS 3580.5.1
       Oxides of nitrogen - NO2 by calculation using AS 3580.5.1
       Ozone by direct reading instrument using AS 3580.6.1
       Particulates - PM2.5 by Beta Attenuation Monitor using AS 3580.9.12
       Particulates - PM10 by Beta Attenuation Monitor using AS 3580 9.11
       Particulates - PM10 by TEOM using AS 3580.9.8
       Sulfur Dioxide by direct reading instrument using AS 3580.4.1 
   .06 Meteorological monitoring 
       Wind speed - horizontal by ultrasonic anemometer using AS 3580.14
       Wind direction - horizontal by ultrasonic anemometer using AS 3580.14
   .71 Sampling
       listed as determination(s) by technique(s) using method(s) -
       For sub-class of test 7.65.02
       Particulates - PM2.5 by gravimetric using AS 3580.9.10

7.75 Calibration of instruments 
   .01 Gas Analysers 
       Calibration in the laboratory using AS 3580.6.1 and in-house CAL-004
       Ozone Analyser - UV photometry (range 20-520ppb)
       Uncertainty (1.4ppb + 0.4% of reading)

NATA Accreditation number 3040.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage,
Environment Protection Science

Facilities: Normally not available for public testing
Modified: 24-NOV-15

This facility complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025

7.65 Air
   .02 Ambient air
       listed as determination(s) by technique(s) using method(s) -
       PAHs by GC-MS as listed under 7.84.22
       Particulates - PM2.5; total suspended by gravimetric using in-house IGRAPM25

7.84.22 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 
       Analysis of air samples, industrial and municipal wastes, sediments and soils 
       listed as determination(s) by technique(s) using method(s) -
       Acenaphthene; acenapthylene; anthracene; benzo(b)anthracene;
       dibenzo(ah)anthracene; chrysene; fluoranthene; benzo(b)fluoranthene;
       benzo(k)fluoranthene; florene; napthalene; perylene;
       benzo(ghi)perylene; phenanthrene; pyrene;benzo(a)pyrene;
       indeno(123-cd)pyrene by GC-MS using in-house OMSWASTE 

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