EPA issues Cadia with pollution prevention notice

29th May 2023

By: Esmarie Iannucci

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia


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PERTH ( – The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued gold miner Newcrest Mining a final pollution prevention notice regarding the management of emissions of dust and other air pollutants from its Cadia mine.

The EPA earlier this month launched a new investigation at Cadia less than a year after fining the miner a maximum of A$15 000 because of dust pollution.

New South Wales EPA CEO Tony Chappel said on Monday that finalising this notice was an important step in requiring the mine to demonstrate compliance and will inform further actions that may be needed.

“We will continue to utilise all necessary regulatory tools over the coming weeks until we are confident the mine is taking all necessary steps to meet their obligations and minimise their impact on the community.

“Cadia must now provide robust information and evidence about what’s being discharged at and from the site.

“As the mine completes additional testing of the main vent, we’ll be interrogating this data, along with findings from lead isotope testing to help ensure the community and the EPA have a clear picture,” said Chappel.

These requirements are part of a larger suite of activities to reduce emissions at and from the site, as the EPA considers additional changes to the mine’s environment protection licence.

Chappel said that over the coming weeks, the EPA in consultation with the community, will implement a dust monitoring programme, involving the deployment of a smart sensing network, and opportunities for rainwater tank testing. This is in addition to the mine expanding the ambient air sampling network.

“We’re planning another community drop-in session and encourage everyone to come along so we can continue to understand any concerns and discuss the monitoring programmes,” he said.

“The bottom line is, all mining operations have mandatory legal obligations regarding air emissions, these exist to protect the community and the environment. We need to see a significant reduction in dust emissions produced at Cadia Valley operations and we will continue to do what’s necessary to ensure residents are confident they are able to breathe clean air.”

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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