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Mandogalup – Dust Campaign

Background

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recently released the report, “Consideration of potential health and amenity impacts of dust in determining the size of a buffer for urban development in the Mandogalup area”. In response to the EPA’s findings, The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has commenced a short-term campaign to investigate potential sources of dust impacting air quality in the north and north-eastern Mandogalup area, within the City of Kwinana.

Mandogalup is in close proximity to a large residue drying area with some potential for high dust levels which may exceed the Air NEPM criteria. The magnitude and source of any dust that may be generated is unknown, with nearby industry, natural events and other activities potentially all contributing to dust levels experienced in the locality.

DWER has carried out a four-month dust monitoring campaign to help determine the origin of dust in Mandogalup. 

The monitoring—carried out between December 2017 and March 2018—used technology based on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), together with conventional particle monitors. Monitoring data was displayed through DWER's website, providing real-time information to interested stakeholders.

More Information

A technical report on the findings of the study is being drafted and will be published on the DWER webpage. Some additional validation trials and data verification will be ongoing in the Mandogalup area over the next few months.

For advice or more information, please contact DWER on 6364 7000.