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EPA launches the Bust the Dust Campaign

Air quality inspectors will be out and about in the Hunter Valley region in coming months, monitoring dust emissions from mines

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has launched its Bust the Dust campaign, where it will monitor air quality near mines in the Hunter region.

NSW EPA director of operations David Gathercole says that previous Bust the Dust campaigns were 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,” Gathercole says.

“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.

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