The Shire of East Pilbara says ongoing monitoring will be necessary to manage dust in Newman as part of an investigation to determine the impact and extent of dust in the mining town. It comes as the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation reviews BHP’s Eastern Ridge and Mt Whaleback iron ore bodies to assess concerns over dust levels. Shire of East Pilbara president Anthony Middleton said he welcomed the ongoing investigation and would continue to consult with the State to ensure appropriate air quality targets, limits and monitoring requirements were met. “We have concerns about the possibility of health risks from the amount of dust in Newman. The Newman Dust Monitoring Report released in December revealed the composition of the dust was not harmful, and the Shire called for further research,” he said “We welcomed the results of the 2019 dust report that showed the measured concentrations of metals and asbestos in the dust did not pose a public health risk, but the Shire called for further research into the possible health effects of dust levels. “We are relying on the health advice and expertise of the State Government to ensure dust levels in Newman and other mining towns are kept at safe levels to guarantee ongoing community health and safety.” In 2018, the Shire became the first local council in WA to monitor dust after raising local concerns with the State. President Middleton said the Shire was passionate about reducing dust pollution and awaited the results of the latest inquiry submissions to continue to monitor the issue.