Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Weather forecasting system aims to reduce coal dust emissions

Wednesday January 8, 2014 - 07:19 EDT
ABC image
'Hazardous' levels of dust on Wybong Road at Muswellbrook in 2012. - ABC

Just a week after the release of data showing high particle pollution levels in the Hunter in 2013, the coal industry will introduce a weather forecasting system aimed at reducing dust emissions from mines.

The figures from the Environment Protection Authority show levels exceeded national standards on more than 170 occasions last year.

During a three month trial, the forecasting system will alert Upper Hunter mines when weather conditions are likely to deteriorate and generate more dust.

New South Wales Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee says while it is not a total solution, it will add to the growing arsenal of tools available to mines to minimise dust.

"It means that mining operations across the Upper Hunter can tailor their approaches and operations to minimise their dust operations and do our bit to improve air quality," he said.

Mr Galilee says the industry is ramping-up efforts to tackle high dust emissions due to community health concerns.

"This will ensure that mining operations are co-ordinating their responses to weather forecasts that predict increased potential dust emissions," he said.

"It will mean actions such as increased water carts and improved responses to dust emissions are introduced, so that the mining industry in the Upper Hunter is doing its bit to reduce dust emissions."


© ABC 2014

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Melbourne weather: 'Bleak' weekend forecast with warmth unlikely until November, BOM says

23:01 EDT

Hail storms, heavy rain and gusty winds have lashed Victoria and hundreds of people have called for help from emergency services as a cold front moved across the state.

Wild storms lashed central NSW

14:54 EDT

Destructive winds unleashed significant damage in Parkes on Friday evening, possibly due to a tornado.

Third time's a charm at Auckland's Eden Park

12:16 EDT

Conditions will be good for players and spectators alike for the third Bledisloe Cup match at Auckland's Eden Park tonight.