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Environment Protection Authority

EPA launches Namoi community air reports

Media release: 22 January 2016

In response to calls from the community for greater access to local air quality data, the Environment Protection Authority has developed an air quality reporting system for the Namoi region.

EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said that the community has been keen to see this data and the EPA is pleased to announce that the webpage is now available.

“This is an important step in the EPA delivering air quality information to the community in an easily accessible manner. The air quality data from four industry operated air quality monitoring sites will provide useful baseline information on regional air quality” Mr Buffier said.

“The data will also complement the information currently being collected by the Office of Environment and Heritage at its Tamworth monitoring station.”

“The information will assist the community in monitoring changes in air quality. Importantly, it will also inform the EPA’s actions into the future. The EPA appreciates the collaboration by industry in delivering this data.”

Following meetings earlier this year between Gunnedah and Narrabri Shire Councils and the EPA, it was agreed that the EPA would develop an air quality reporting system using industry data from existing mine operated air quality monitors.

Expert air scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage reviewed the current industry operated monitoring sites and recommended four that should provide scientifically robust data and good information on regional air quality.

Three of the sites (Maules Creek, Werris Creek and Wil-gai) are operated by Whitehaven and one (Breeza) is operated by Shenhua.

Air quality data for fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) is collected from each site and is shown as hourly data with 24 hour rolling averages. The data provides an indication of fine particulate matter contributions from all sources present throughout the Namoi region including agriculture, mines, unpaved roads, bushfires, and dust storms. Responses and trends in these data cannot be attributed to any one of these sources without additional supporting investigations.

To see the air quality reports visit the EPA website at this address: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/air/namoi/namoiairmon.htm   

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 22 January 2016