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Media Statement - Lower Hunter Particle Characterisation Study
27 Apr 2016
Orica acknowledges that its Kooragang Island facility has been identified as a contributor to fine particulate matter, in the form of primary ammonium nitrate, at the Stockton Air Quality Monitoring Station.
Kooragang Island Site Manager, Scott Reid, said the findings of the air quality study provide a valuable benchmark against which operational improvements can be monitored.
“We understand and share the community’s desire for lower emissions in general, and we have taken – and are continuing to take – significant steps to play our part in this.
“Since the data in the report was collected we have made numerous changes at the site that we anticipate will result in reduced PM2.5 emissions.
“The changes include closing a section of an ammonium nitrate (AN) plant as well as modifying aspects of the manufacturing process to minimise the generation of AN particulates.”
Orica will fund further analysis of particles collected at the Stockton station since the initial data was obtained in order to ascertain if the changes already made on site have resulted in reduced PM2.5 emissions.
In addition, Orica will continue investigations into the technologies available to reduce AN emissions from the Kooragang Island site and implement improvements where required.
“We will seek to immediately formalise these actions by proposing a Pollution Reduction Program (PRP) to the NSW Environment Protection Authority,” said Mr Reid.
“Orica is committed to fully and appropriately addressing this matter in line with community and regulatory expectations.”
The community will be kept informed of the pollution reduction program’s progress through the Orica Kooragang Island Community Reference Group and regular newsletters.
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