Dust monitoring within guidelines
A private dust monitoring station has recorded nine unusually dusty days in Port Hedland in 2017-18, according the Port Hedland Industries Council.
The Taplin Street station in Hedland’s West End is one of eight monitoring units collecting data of breathable dust particles, released by PHIC’s Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network’s annual report on December 10.
The report said four days exceeding normal levels were due to industry surrounding the station, while three were from a combination of regional events such as bushfires and industry.
Another day was from industry and a non-industry source, while the final day was due to a local non-industry source of dust such as wind rises in the area.
PHIC chief executive officer Peter Pierre said the days were safely within the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce’s ten allowable days per year.
“While a number of exceedances were the result of combined regional dust events and industry activity, it is reassuring that these exceedances have remained within guidelines despite increased exports through the port,” he said.
“Industry remains focused on working with government and the community to continually improve dust mitigation strategies in Port Hedland.”
The yearly monitoring of the stations is expected to be transferred from PHIC to Department of Water and Environmental Regulation next year, after an announcement by the State Government in October.
Mr Pierre said the Council has reported openly and transparently on air quality for many years and would continue to work closely with the regulator and the State Government to ensure an orderly transition of the Network.
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