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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
43 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 5 Environment 5.4 AIR QUALITY Managing air quality is critical to our operations and our neighbours. Dust is generated through transporting coal and overburden, blasting and simply moving equipment around site. Leading technology, such as real time monitoring, combines with our site managements' genuine awareness of the impacts each site can make, to deliver acceptable outcomes. Overview The e ect of dust is manageable and a large number of initiatives have been put in place across our operations to minimise these impacts. You can nd more information about the mitigation measures on page 45 of this report. On a day-to day basis, our air emissions are regulated by the National Air Quality Standards and measured by compliance against the 24hr average PM10 target of 50ug/m3 at our PM10 monitoring sites. Our monitoring sites are located in immediate proximity to each of our operations. As part of the monitoring network, Whitehaven also has real time PM2.5 monitors obtaining background dust data relevant to our Maules Creek project and our Vickery project. The controls and management procedures are reviewed in response to the results of air quality monitoring, complaints or comments made through community consultation. Any changes made are noted as part of annual environmental reporting to the NSW Government and are available on the Company's website. www.whitehavencoal.com.au/environment.cfm
Annual Report 2012