The environmental Protection Agency has approved Queensland Rail’s (QR) Transitional Environmental Program (TEP).
The program aims to address the impact of coal dust and outlines mitigation strategies to manage coal dust emissions from trains.
According to QR’s CEO lance Hockridge, the company has spent the last 12 months working with the coal industry and the community to monitor and evaluate coal emissions in Central Queensland and develop the program.
“QR has come to an agreement with the coal industry to implement a range of mitigation methods,” he said.
A number of mine owners have agreed to spray a veneer onto loaded coal wagons to reduce dust emissions as recommended in the Environmental Evaluation submitted by QR to the EPA on March 31.
Hockridge said the spray veneer option will be complemented by wagon washing facilities to be installed at coal ports to reduce the emissions from empty wagons on the return trip to the mines.
“Given the variables of transporting coal it is essential we have a collaborative coal supply chain approach to reducing coal dust emissions,” he said.
QR has been monitoring coal dust for over a year on the Goonyella, Blackwater and Moura rail systems as well as in the Gladstone area and this will continue under a 12 month program reviewing dust emissions and testing the effectiveness of veneering.
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