Environment Protection Licence 1431 Monitoring Data

ConPorts is the holder of an environment protection licence and is required to publish monitoring data on its website. Environment Protection Licence 1431 requires ConPorts to collect air quality monitoring data from two separate sample locations and water quality monitoring data from two separate sample locations at its Carrington ship loading facilities in Newcastle.

  • EPL1 - Northern HVAS, a high volume air sampler located on the boundary to the north of the site
  • EPL2 - Southern HVAS, a high volume air sampler located on the boundary to the south of the site
  • EPL5 - STW3BDY, a water sampling point located prior to Humeceptor1 at the lease boundary
  • EPL6 - STW2BDY, a water sampling point located prior to Humeceptor2 at the lease boundary

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  
Air Monitoring Requirements

The Licence requires the following pollutants to be sampled and analysed in micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) at these locations for a 24 hour period every six days:

 

- Total solid particles (or total dust) (TSP)

- Copper particles in the dust (Cu)

- Lead particles in the dust (Pb)

- Zinc particles in the dust (Zn)

 

ConPorts has included various guidelines to enable evaluation of the presented data and has adopted the annual average guideline criteria for total solid particles (TSP) and lead (Pb) outlined in the Approved Methods for the Modelling and Assessment of Air Pollutants in New South Wales (EPA 2016). There is no criterion in Australia for copper and zinc and ConPorts following discussion with the EPA NSW have referenced the 24 hour average criteria from the Ontario Environment Ministry in Canada as a guide.

 

 

Water Monitoring Requirements

The Licence requires the following pollutants to be sampled and analysed in milligrams per litre (mg/L) and as pH at the two sampling locations each month during discharge:

 

- pH

- Copper, dissolved & total in the water sampled (Cu)

- Lead, dissolved & total in the water sampled (Pb)

- Zinc, dissolved & total in the water sampled (Zn)

- Total suspended solids in the water sampled (TSS)

 

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