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EPA launches the Bust the Dust Campaign

NSW Environment Protection Authority < 1 mins read

Coal mines in the Hunter region are again on notice as NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers head out to monitor air quality as part of its ongoing Bust the Dust campaign conducted over drier weather months.  

 

Director Operations David Gathercole said previous Bust the Dust campaigns in 2019 and 2020 had been very successful with most mines adjusting their operational activities on high-risk windy days, and further improvement was expected this year.   

 

“Dust from mining activity in the Hunter Valley is a key concern for the community and the EPA expects all coal mines to be vigilant and take extra precautions to ensure better air quality for the community,” Mr Gathercole said. 

 

“After two years of wet La Nina conditions, we’re expecting dry weather this spring and summer and this will increase the risk to air quality, so dust monitoring will be a priority for us.  

 

“EPA officers will be on the ground using the latest technology, including drones, to locate the source of any dust emissions and ensure mines have appropriate controls in place. 

 

“In addition, anyone with concerns about mining dust can make a report to our Environment Line on 131 555 and that will be directed to our Bust the Dust officers in field to help us target any areas of concern.”

 

 

The EPA regulates air quality at mine sites through the Environmental Protection Licences and coal mines are required to implement procedures to reduce dust from their operations. 

 

Community members can report concerns regarding dust risk directly to the mine or to EPA on 131 555.

 


Contact details:

media@epa.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 9995 6415

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