Hunter Valley the source of most air quality complaints

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According to Environmental Protection Authority pollution data 76 per cent of NSW air quality complaints came from the Hunter Valley last year.

The Newcastle Herald reports today that the air quality complaints ranged from car emissions to full scale industrial pollution.

Complaints over noise and chemical pollution, as well as concerns about native vegetation were also key areas of concern.

Singleton and Muswellbrook residents topped the EPA data for noise complaints.

A spokesperson for the Office of Environment and Heritage told the Newcastle Herald management of pollution and dust from mining operations in the Hunter Valley was a high priority for the Government.

Last year new monitors were set up in the Hunter Valley in an effort to improve air quality in the area.

The initiative allowed interested parties to gain access to real-time air quality data and had a map-based website that gave users information on wind speed and particle data.

The move followed a number of readings indicating high particulate matter in Hunter Valley air.

While it was welcomed by locals the Singleton Healthy Environment Group called on the Government to expand the network’s capabilities.

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