Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Veneer on Coal Dust Problem

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Veneer on Coal Dust Problem

Article excerpt

ANOTHER environmental plan to reduce coal dust emissions in the Gladstone area has been approved - this time for Queensland Rail.

The Environmental Protection Agency has given QR's Transitional Environmental Program, which aims to address coal dust issues and outline ways to manage the problem, the rubber stamp.

QR CEO Lance Hockridge said the government owned corporation spent more than 12 months working with the coal industry and the community to monitor and evaluate coal emissions in Central Queensland and develop the program.

He said QR had come to an agreement with the coal industry to implement a range of mitigation methods.

A number of mine owners have agreed to spray a veneer onto loaded coal wagons to reduce dust emissions.

Mr Hockridge said their efforts would 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.

"We will also be reducing the gaps between the release doors of coal wagons and improving loading and profiling practices as part of our long-term approach to managing possible coal dust emissions," he said. …

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