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Penalty Notice issued to Mt Owen Pty Limited (SSD 5850, Singleton LGA)

11 February 2020

On 11 February 2020, the Department issued a $15,000 Penalty Notice to Mt Owen Pty Limited (Mt Owen) for failing to minimise visible off-site air pollution from the Mt Owen Open Cut coal mine on 16 August 2019. A Department inspection found that Mt Owen failed to adequately minimise dust generated by the development and failed to minimise visible air pollution on this date. Air quality is an ongoing concern of the local communities, and the Department expects all mining operations to undertake sufficient measures to manage and minimise dust generation.