On 30 September 2019, the Department issued a $15,000 Penalty Notice to Wambo Coal Pty Limited (WCPL) for failing to adequately minimise visible off-site air pollution from Wambo Coal Mine. On 22 February 2019, dust generated by an excavator at the coal mine was observed to be travelling off-site towards Jerrys Plains. On this occasion, a community member made a complaint directly to WCPL regarding the dust generation; however, there was no record of WCPL site personnel undertaking any inspection, nor any operational changes to minimise dust leaving the site, following the complaint. The Department expects all coal mines to minimise visible offsite dust in accordance with their conditions of consent. The Department will continue to monitor compliance with the conditions of the consent.
Page last updated: 23/10/2019