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Environment Protection Authority

EPA Investigating incident at Clarence Colliery

Media release: 2 July 2015

An incident today at Centennial Coal’s, Clarence Colliery mine site near Lithgow has resulted in water and coal fines entering the Wollangambe River.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was made aware of the incident this morning and we had an EPA officer on site for most of the day.

EPA South Director, Gary Whytcross, said that while it is not currently known exactly how much of the coal fines material had left the site but that at least 150 metres of the Wollangambe River was showing signs of impact.

“The cause of the incident is still being investigated but the EPA is obviously very concerned about any impacts on the Wollangambe River, which runs into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area approximately 2 kilometres downstream of the mine.

“This is a very sensitive environment.

“A full assessment of environmental impacts is continuing and the EPA is collecting evidence on to determine potential breaches of the environmental legislation,” Mr Whytcross said.

The Clarence Colliery has applied its Emergency Protocol and is currently in shut down.  They are cooperating with all relevant authorities.


Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 02 July 2015