Air Quality Resources

The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue has developed several air quality education resources for Upper Hunter stakeholders. These resources will help to improve community understanding of air quality in the Upper Hunter, and actions the NSW Government and the mining industry are undertaking to minimise impacts to the community. The NSW Government has also produced various air quality resources to help improve community understanding of air quality impacts.

UPPER HUNTER MINING DIALOGUE RESOURCES

Fact Sheets on Particulate Matter and Actions to Improve Air Quality


The Dialogue has prepared two fact sheets about air quality in the Upper Hunter. One contains information regarding air quality in the Upper Hunter and outlines what particulate matter is and why it is important that it be managed effectively. Another contains information on the key actions that the NSW Government and mining operations in the Upper Hunter are undertaking to ensure that emissions are minimised wherever possible, and should air quality issues arise, that they are effectively managed. Please see the links below for further information.

'Clearing The Air' - Air Quality Information Video
 
“Clearing the Air” is a short video that highlights the actions that are undertaken on mine sites to minimise air quality impacts to surrounding communities in the event of adverse weather. The Dialogue's Joint Working Group for Emissions & Health led this project, and thanks all stakeholders involved in the making of this video.


NSW GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Air Quality Infographic Brochure

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Environment, Energy and Science Division has produced an air quality infographic brochure for the Upper Hunter, that can be accessed via the link below:
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/research-and-publications/publications-search/air-quality-in-the-upper-hunter-valley

The key messages from the brochure are:
  • The NSW Government has been running 14 air quality monitoring stations in Upper Hunter since 2012.
  • The major sources of particle pollution in the Upper Hunter are coal mining, coal-fired electricity generation, non-road vehicles and equipment, planned burning and bushfires, windblown dust and household wood heating.
  • Particle pollution is invisible to the eye and can be inhaled into the lungs. Long term exposure to fine particles from vehicles, industry, wood smoke and fires can cause and exacerbate heart and lung disease.
  • Upper Hunter air quality in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Aberdeen met national standards 97% of the time in 2012-2018. In warm dry years, particle levels increase and air quality decreases.
  • The NSW Government encourages community members to check the local air quality index to find information on current air pollution levels.
  • The NSW Government regulates industry to reduce emissions of air pollutants.

Seasonal Air Quality Monitoring Network Reports

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) produces seasonal newsletters that provides an overview of recent Upper Hunter air quality results and how they measure against air quality indicies within national benchmarks. Contextual information is also provided to help stakeholders understand what may be impacting local air quality.

These reports can be found here: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/air/monitoring-air-quality/upper-hunter/upper-hunter-air-quality-reports