Skip to content
Environment

Final notice issued to Newcrest Cadia mine

NSW Environment Protection Authority 2 mins read

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Newcrest’s Cadia Holdings Pty Ltd mine in Central West NSW a final pollution Prevention Notice regarding the management of emissions of dust and other air pollutants.

 

NSW EPA Chief Executive Officer, Tony Chappel said finalising this notice is an important step in requiring the mine to demonstrate compliance and will inform further actions that may be needed.

 

“We will continue to utilise all necessary regulatory tools over the coming weeks until we are confident the mine is taking all necessary steps to meet their obligations and minimise their impact on the community.” Mr Chappel said.  

 

“Cadia must now provide robust information and evidence about what’s being discharged at and from the site.

 

“As the mine completes additional testing of the main vent, we’ll be interrogating this data, along with findings from lead isotope testing to help ensure the community and the EPA have a clear picture.”

 

These requirements are part of a larger suite of activities to reduce emissions at and from the site, as the EPA considers additional changes to the mine’s Environment Protection Licence.

 

Over the coming weeks, the EPA in consultation with the community, will implement a dust monitoring program, involving the deployment of a smart sensing network, and opportunities for rainwater tank testing. This is in addition to the mine expanding the ambient air sampling network.

 

“We’re planning another community drop-in session and encourage everyone to come along so we can continue to understand any concerns and discuss the monitoring programs,” Mr Chappel said.

 

“The bottom line is, all mining operations have mandatory legal obligations regarding air emissions – these exist to protect the community and the environment.

 

“We need to see a significant reduction in dust emissions produced at Cadia Valley Operations and we will continue to do what’s necessary to ensure residents are confident they are able to breathe clean air.”

 

Information about the community drop-in session, broader dust monitoring program and rainwater tank testing will be published on the EPA’s website.

 

Following Cadia’s response to the draft notice issued on Friday, 19 May 2023 minor amendments have been made. These include:

 

  • Removal of a requirement for Cadia to undertake sampling of vent shaft VR8 as this has now been completed by the mine voluntarily
  • Clarification that the requirement to provide a review of operations is focussed on improving air emissions

Media

More from this category

  • Environment, Government TAS
  • 01/03/2024
  • 16:00
Australia Institute Tasmania

ALERT TOMORROW: Public forum on reassessing salmon farming in Tas

The Australia Institute will host a public discussion on reassessing salmon farming in Tasmania. WHEN: Saturday, March 02, 2024 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT WHERE: Leven Theatre, Ulverstone Civic Centre, 16 Patrick St, Ulverstone, TAS 7315 WHO: Louise Cherrie,independent environmental consultant and former member of the EPA Board and Marine Farming Review Panel Fiona Hamilton, trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Officer and businesswoman Jess Holgersson,Senior Associate, Equity Generation Lawyers Cass Wright, Spokesperson, NW Tas for Clean Oceans Peter George,President, Neighbours of Fish Farms Eloise Carris the Director of the Australia Institute Tasmania and will MC the event.Contact…

  • Environment, Government TAS
  • 01/03/2024
  • 15:05
Australia Institute Tasmania

Experts and community representatives slam major parties’ salmon policies

The major parties’ decision to continue to support the salmon industry ignores scientific evidence of environmental impacts, uses discredited jobs figures, and is out of step with voters, the Australia Institute warns.Scientific and legal experts, community groups and the Australia Institute have slammed the major parties continued support for the industry, announced yesterday and today.A public forum to discuss the future of salmon farming in Tasmania is being held in Ulverstone tomorrow, Saturday 2 March. Panellists’ responses are quoted below. Key points: The continued support for the salmon industry ignores the 3 in 4 (74%) who Tasmanians who support the…

  • Environment, Political
  • 01/03/2024
  • 08:00
The Australia Institute

***MEDIA ALERT*** Tasmanian, federal independents advocate for pathway out of native forest logging

Media alert | Friday, 1 March 2024 Tasmanian independent MP for Bass Lara Alexander, federal independent MP for Mackellar Sophie Scamps and Australia Institute Executive Director Richard Denniss will hold a media conference in Launceston today following Premier Jeremy Rockliff’s decision to expand logging. It will be followed by a public forum with Dr Scamps and Dr Denniss, A Pathway Out of Native Forest Logging, from 1pm. Where: Launceston Conference Centre (auditorium 2) When: 12.30pm Friday, 1 March 2024 Who: Lara Alexander, Tasmanian independent MP for Bass Dr Sophie Scamps MP, federal independent member for Mackellar Richard Denniss, Executive Director…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.