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Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction program


  

Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction programs

Summary
 
Licence number: 4460
Title: Coal Mine Wind Erosion of Exposed Land Assessment
Start date: 11 Sep 2014
 
Licence Condition
The licensee must undertake the following steps: 1.    Calculate the wind erosion exposed surface area (in hectares) within the premises as of 31 December 2014. 2.    Determine the wind erosion exposed surface area (in hectares) predicted as at 31 December 2014 within the licensee’s Environmental Assessment for the premises. 3.    Compare the areas calculated in steps 1 and 2. 4.    Submit a written report to the EPA at hunter.region@epa.nsw.gov.au containing the analysis required in steps 1 to 3, by 31 March 2015.   The report submitted to the EPA must be accompanied by spatial data to confirm the wind erosion exposed surface area calculations.  The following data is required: ·         Shapefiles showing the premises boundary. ·         Shapefiles showing the wind erosion exposed area within the premises as of 31 December 2014. ·         Shapefiles showing areas classified as stabilised surface as of 31 December 2014. ·         Details of any studies undertaken to verify that the areas of stabilised surface meet the definition.  
Environmental Assessment means any environmental assessment document prepared in order to gain approval or consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) under which the licensee currently operates at the premises.  If the predictions made in this document do not correspond to the current year of mine operation, the licensee should extrapolate between predictions.   Stabilised Surface means any previously disturbed surface area which shows visual or other evidence of surface crusting and is resistant to wind-driven fugitive dust and is demonstrated to be stabilised. Stabilisation can be determined in accordance with one or more of the applicable test methods contained in the Rule 403 Implementation Handbook located at: www.capcoa.org/Docs/SCAQMD%20r403%20handbook.doc.   Wind Erosion Exposed Surface Area means the portion of the premises surface which has been physically moved, uncovered, destabilised or otherwise modified from its natural state, thereby increasing the potential for fugitive particulate matter emissions, but excluding  areas which have been: ·         paved or covered by a permanent building or structure; ·         maintained with a vegetative ground cover of at least 50% of ground cover for particular areas. Vegetative ground cover can be determined in accordance with the standardised procedure for revegetation assessment contained in Atyeo C. & Thackway R. (2009) located at: http://data.daff.gov.au/data/warehouse/pe_brs90000004196/revegetationManual200906_20100410_ap14.pdf  or ·         classified as a stabilised surface.