Dust and noise complaints continue

NOISE and dust incidence complaints continue to flood in to the New South Wales department of planning from residents near coal mines in the Hunter Valley – despite a more rigorous testing regime and potential fines.

Lou Caruana

The department’s Singleton office received 11 complaints during February, including eight for noise and three for blasting.

In order to address noise complaints relating to a mine near Bulga, the Singleton compliance office undertook its own noise monitoring.

The first monitoring program took place in February, and the results were consistent with that of the mine’s real-time noise monitoring systems, which indicated the mine was compliant with its noise limits.

“The complainants were advised of the outcome, and the department’s compliance team will be conducting further noise monitoring of its own,” the department said.

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