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Air quality

The quality of the air in our communities is of the highest priority; we understand dust is one of the key environmental concerns for our neighbouring communities. Port Waratah goes to great lengths to minimise dust throughout our operations, from coal receival to shiploading.

Monitoring dust levels and acting responsibly is critical to our operations. Our control techniques, processes and systems are world class, designed to mitigate potential dust creation, and where possible, eliminate negative impacts. Port Waratah is committed to delaying, or if required, ceasing operations in adverse conditions.

Intelligent Dust Management System (IDMS)

This system utilises information from an onsite weather station, as well as stations from the Bureau of Meteorology and a specialised evapotranspiration algorithm, to continually assess stockpile surface moisture levels and weather conditions, preventing dust lift-off and stopping dust at the source.

Real-Time Dust Monitors (RTDM)

We use these within site boundaries to report onsite dust concentration measurements. The automated stockyard water sprays proactively manage stockpile moisture and additional spray cycles may be triggered in increased dust-risk conditions, such as wind speed and high temperatures. Water sprays are also used throughout all conveyor transfer operations, from train loading to shiploading. 

The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network provides real time updates about air quality with both high-level summaries and detailed information. This network is part of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) local area network NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) real-time local air quality monitoring network. The predicted air quality rating is published daily in the weather section of the Newcastle Herald.

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Operational dust management practices

Operational dust management practices include activating additional conveyor sprays during transfers, operation of mobile water cats, wetting down hardstand areas, the use of mobile spray systems, manual hosing, coal spraying, housekeeping and routine site cleaning. To reduce dust generation, we incorporate soft-flow chutes, minimal drop heights, conveyor belt cleaning systems and enclosed facilities wherever possible, including receival stations, coal transfer points and conveyors.

How does Port Waratah manage dust?

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The Environment Protection Authority

The EPA works with other government agencies, industry, and the community to keep our air clean. Find out how to report air pollution and how environment protection licences for industry help control air pollution.

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Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network

Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network is independently managed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

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NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE)

NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) real time local air quality monitoring network.

DPE website