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EPA to present finding of Lower Hunter Air Quality Studies at public meeting on Wednesday

Media release: 26 April 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will be presenting the findings of two major studies into air quality in the Lower Hunter at a public forum in Newcastle on Wednesday.

The Lower Hunter Particles Characterisation Study and the Dust Deposition Study were carried over 2014 and 2015 and were designed to provide clear, scientific information to the local community about air quality.

The 2015 NSW Annual Air Quality Statement found air quality was very good, good or fair at least 95 per cent of the time in the Sydney and Hunter regions.

EPA Chair and CEO, Barry Buffier, said the EPA commissioned the two studies, costing more than $1.5 million, in response to community concern about dust and fine particle pollution in the local area.

“The EPA recognised these concerns were significant and so commissioned some of the top scientific minds on atmospheric science to carry out the research in order to identify the composition of particles and the major sources of pollution in the area,” Mr Buffier said.

“The local community played an important role in driving this work and I would strongly encourage those residents with a keen interest in air quality to attend the public meeting on Wednesday in Newcastle.”

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27 April, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, in the Hunter Room, on the upper level of the Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle.

To RSVP contact EPA: air.policy@epa.nsw.gov.au

NOTE TO MEDIA: A media briefing will take place at 1pm at the EPA’s Hunter Office, 117 Bull Street, Newcastle West.

The principal researchers of the Particle Characterisation Study will available for interview, including:

  • Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, Dr Mark Hibberd
  • Head of Institute for Environmental Research at ANSTO, Prof. David Cohen
  • Director of Climate and Atmospheric Science at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Matthew Riley

For more information contact the EPA’s 24hr media line: (02) 9995 6415

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Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 26 April 2016