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Environment Protection Authority

EPA reviews performance at Maules Creek Coal Mine

Media release: 8 March 2017

In response to the community’s ongoing concerns around noise and dust impacts from the Maules Creek Coal Mine, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is undertaking a range of regulatory actions.

Mandatory Environmental Audit by mine to assess compliance with noise limits

Recently completed by an independent consultant, the Mandatory Environmental Audit required by the EPA found that the noise management systems and procedures were considered appropriate, effective and consistent with good practice. However, the Audit also included recommendations around the deployment of real time noise monitoring and improvements to compliance monitoring reports.    

EPA Manager Regional Operations North Branch, Lindsay Fulloon said it was important that this work was undertaken to address the community’s concerns.

“The results of the audit have provided the EPA, and the community, with valuable information.    

“The mine must now consider the findings and submit a proposal for how they will implement the audit’s recommendations and the EPA is also looking at whether the mine’s Environment Protection Licence should be amended to include implementation of these recommendations.”

The findings and recommendations of the Mandatory Environmental Audit are now available on the EPA’s public register at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/prpoeoapp/

A joint study into dust management practices 

The EPA is also funding and undertaking a joint review of dust management practices at Maules Creek Coal Mine with the Department of Planning and Environment.

The review, which commenced in May 2016, aims to determine whether existing regulatory dust management requirements continue to be appropriate, or if tighter controls should be applied at the site.

The EPA expects the review to be concluded by the end of March 2017.

$1500 fine 

The EPA has issued a $1500 fine to the mine for failing to provide information and records during the course of an investigation.

The investigation, looked at dust and fumes from blasting events in October 2015 and February 2016.

“While our investigation found the mine had not breached the conditions of its licence, the company failed to provide us with a complete set of documentation to assist the investigation,” Mr Fulloon continued.

“Environment protection law requires that information requested by the EPA during the course of its investigations must be provided in a timely manner, which did not happen in this case.”      


Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 08 March 2017