New air quality initiatives in the Lower Hunter welcome

February 07, 2014

The NSW Government's moves to improve knowledge about air quality in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter is a welcome step forward and will strengthen the science-based discussion around air quality issues in the region.

The announcements include additional air quality monitoring stations around Newcastle, a particle characterisation study for PM10 and PM2.5 beginning next month, and a dust deposition study.

"The studies will build on the evidence already available through the three air quality monitors already operating in the Lower Hunter, and previous particle characterisation studies completed by ANSTO," NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.

“Air quality monitoring at the three existing stations in Newcastle has shown that air quality in the region is good, with national air quality standards being met 9 of the last 10 years at all three monitors. 2009 was the only year that standards were exceeded when dust storms affected air quality across the state."

"Hunter miners understand the need to provide the community with the best possible information about air quality. It’s why we fund the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, that provides real time, publicly available information about air quality," Mr Galilee said.

"The NSW Government should be commended for recognising the need to provide further practical scientific analysis of air quality in the Newcastle area."

Contact: Chris Rath – crath@nswmining.com.au – 0409758734 – 02 9274 1419

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