Origin Energy fined for dust emissions at Eraring Power Station

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Origin Energy Eraring Pty Ltd $15,000 for alleged excessive dust emissions from the Eraring Power Station.

EPA Director Hunter Karen Marler said multiple witnesses observed excess dust at the power station over a sustained period in September last year.

The dust was the result of a vacuum truck depositing dry ash in high winds.

It appears that Origin did not follow their own management practices to minimise dust despite having received a Penalty Notice for a similar alleged offence in January 2017.

Ms Marler said the incident was avoidable and the proper management of dust was a key issue for the community. The EPA considers any non-compliance with licence conditions a very serious matter.

People can report concerns regarding dust to the EPA on 131 555.