Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction program


  

Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction programs

Summary
 
Licence number: 2094
Title: Particulate Matter Control Best Practice - Disturbing and Handling Overburden under Adverse Weather Conditions
Start date: 21 Dec 2012
 
Licence Condition
The licensee must alter or cease the use of equipment on overburden and the loading and dumping of overburden during adverse weather conditions to minimise the generation of particulate matter from 22 March 2013.
To assess compliance with Condition U3.1, the Licensee must: Undertake visual monitoring, real-time PM10 monitoring, and real-time meteorological monitoring. Document the actions taken and the resultant dust levels (visual and real-time dust monitor results).
The Licensee must submit a report to the EPA which documents the results of the actions taken in accordance with Condition U3.1. The report must include an assessment of the effectiveness of changes made to mining activities due to adverse weather and document meteorological conditions and the resultant dust levels. The report must be submitted by the Licensee to the Environment Protection Authority Regional Manager Hunter, at PO Box 488G, NEWCASTLE by 15 August 2014.
The report required by Condition U3.3 must be made publicly available by the Licensee on the Licensee’s website by 29 August 2014. 
By one month prior to the commencement of operation of the Spent Pickle Liquor (SPL) plant, the Proponent must submit a draft Water Quality Verification Program (Program) to the EPA.   a. The Program must be designed to:     i. confirm that the pollutants, pollutant concentrations, and pollutant loads in the SPL discharge match those presented to the EPA as part of the Development Assessment process (the predicted discharge); ii. assess acute and chronic (sub-lethal) toxicity testing of the discharges from Point 89.  The program must be approved by the EPA prior to implementation. Note: EPA anticipates the:   Acute toxicity testing would include: - Fish testing – for example, 96 hour.  Species and test duration to be confirmed. - Crustacean testing – for example, prawn.  Species and test duration to be confirmed.   Chronic toxicity testing would include: - Algal testing – for example, micro or macro algae. 72 hour growth inhibition test with species to be confirmed. - Bivalve or sea urchin larval development test.  Species and test duration to be confirmed.   b. At the conclusion of the monitoring, if the program identifies:   i. pollutant/s discharges in excess of the predicted discharge quality (concentration or load) then BSL must install plant or implement measures to achieve the predicted discharge quality or ii. the wastewater is acutely toxic then BSL must install plant or implement measures to remove the toxicity or iii. that the discharge is chronically toxic then BSL must assess what additional practicable measures could be implemented, clearly indicate who could implement these measures, when these measures could be implemented, and how the effectiveness of these measures could be confirmed and reported to the EPA.  Note 1: The above Verification Program may be varied in writing by the EPA.