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Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network

The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network (NLAQMN) is a network of three monitoring stations located at Stockton, Carrington and Mayfield that monitors the impacts of industrial activity located in and surrounding the Port of Newcastle.

The stations continuously monitor sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometres in diameter (known as PM10) and particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (known as PM2.5). The network commenced operation in August 2014.

The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network provides continuous local air quality monitoring with public access to real time data. Current air quality information from the network can be found on the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network Map.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) also operates ambient air quality monitoring stations in Newcastle, Wallsend and Beresfield. These locations represent regional air quality experienced by the population of the lower Hunter.

How does the network operate?

The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network is administered by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), operated by the OEH, and funded by industry, including commercial shipping and railway activities. The EPA levies industries in the Newcastle local government area that hold an environment protection licence and contribute particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, or oxides of nitrogen to the Newcastle air shed, to pay for the construction and operation of the network. The Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 specifies the methods for determining emissions and calculating annual levies for these industries.

Further information

Page last updated: 12 January 2017