Geraldton to get air quality monitors

MMG has increased its focus on minimising environmental impacts by installing air quality monitors around Geraldton.

The partnership between MMG Golden Grove and the Geraldton Port Authority (GPA) saw the installation of four monitors earlier this month as part of a broader Community Air Quality Monitoring program designed to collect information and data on the air quality and levels of particulate dust in the air around Geraldton, and its port in particular.

Installed in various locations across the city, three provide information on community exposure levels while one acts as a control site.

The program will run over 12 months, after which results will be reviewed and a decision made on whether to continue the program.

These results will be publically available.

MMG’s general manager, Pierre Malan, said the monitors are an essential part of ensuring local residents that port operations were safe.

"In addition to the air quality monitoring stations, we are continuing to review ship loading procedures at the port and are undertaking a range of measures together with the GPA to improve management of dust levels including trialling foam as a dust suppressant, monitoring wind direction and speed, altering our loading rate, and product sequencing," Malan said.

"MMG and the GPA are also in constant consultation with the Department of Heath, Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Transport, and the Geraldton community and we will continue to work closely with them to identify measures to improve processes to minimise emissions."

GPA chief Peter Klein added: "while we’re convinced there are no problems, the results from the 12 month trial will confirm the safety of this operation."


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