Mining complaints fall in the Hunter Valley

The number of complaints made regarding mining activities has fallen in the Hunter Valley.

In the NSW Department of Planning's latest compliance report, the number of complaints relating to operations such as blasting, noise, dust, and general operations have fallen.

In August the number of complaints rose to 43, however in September fewer complaints were recorded.

The Singleton office received only 37 complaints, the lowest level for three months.

Of these complaints 18 related to dust, 12 to noise, six to blasting, and one for general compliance issues.

With windier conditions expected in September, the Department's compliance officers visited a number to discuss additional measures that could be taken to reduce dust emissions.

"September is a month when windy conditions are expected and regularly encountered, and high winds did lead to instances of significant dust generation from some mine sites even though most of the mining equipment had been shut down," the Department explained.

It was forced to issues two warning letters regarding dust during the month.

"One for excessive wheel generated-dust from haul trucks on a construction project at a Ravensworth mine; and another for a Muswellbrook mine being observed dumping spoil on its upper most dump during windy conditions," it said.

No new fines were issued last month.

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