22,000 tonnes of dust stopped

The EPA’s Dust Stop Pollution Reduction Program has successfully reduced dust emissions by 22,000 tonnes a year, or by 19%, with further efforts continuing.

The EPA’s Dust Stop Pollution Reduction Program has successfully reduced dust emissions by 22,000 tonnes a year, or by 19%, with further efforts continuing.

The Dust Stop program requires all NSW open cut coal mines to implement best practice measures to significantly reduce their dust emissions. This included achieving greater than 80% control of wheel generated dust on their haul roads, the biggest source of fine dust particles at most mine sites.

As part of the program, the EPA also requires mines to investigate best practice controls for loading and dumping operations, modify their mining operations during adverse weather and to stabilise exposed areas to reduce dust from wind erosion.