Air quality impacts as a result of mining, industry and infrastructure projects is a big concern for affected communities.
Dust is fine particles of matter that can travel through the air and deposit on surfaces. The impacts of excessive dust can be detrimental to human health and the environment. Surface dust can deposit on flora burying seedlingss, causing loss of plant tissue, reducing photosynthesis and increasing soil deposition. Large amounts of airborne dust can have a similiar function to that of the greenhouse effect. Dust particles can absorb and scatter solar radiation entering Earths atmosphere, reducing the amount of heat reaching the surface. Dust can also have adverse health affects for the local community who suffer with respiratory illnesses, it can reduce commuter visibility and where dust contains contaminants (i.e. asbestos), it may have longer term health effects for those nearby.
On construction and mining projects dust can be a major aspect that requires management and monitoring. During construction, dust is measured using scientific equipment, strategically placed within and at the boundaries of a Project site.
Dust emissions are only regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, if they are in such a magnitude that it is considered "pollution", as defined under the Act, or if the activitiy producing the dust is a regulated activity. The national environment protection measures (NEPMs) is an ambient air standard for ambient air and air toxics and where a site is likely to generate dust that may be contaminted, monitoring is required to adhere to these standards.
So, What do Enveng do?
Enveng Group provides practical solutions for any size Project at any stage in a project lifecycle, whether it be tendering, construction or operations.
Our team of experienced engineers and scientists assess the types of air pollution likely to occur on your Project and the potential sources and provide your commercial team with cost projections related to dust management, monitoring equipment and air quality complaint issues for the life of your Project.
We can help you reach your air quality targets and reduce the liklihood of community dust complaints by implementing proactive solutions to dust and air quality management, rather than reactive solutions. Our knowldge around contaminated sites supports our team when developing solutions to dust control of potentially contaminated soils and fibres and can reduce the risk to your Project.
Our team is constantly researching the most current and innovative technology, that can be applied to Projects and over the many years in the environmental industry, our team has developed strong relationships with equipment providers and regulators and are therefore in a great position to take all the tedious quote chasing and negotiating off your hands, so your team can focus on the big risk items.
At Enveng, our team can develop a Project specific Dust Management Plan that is relevant and compliant to regulatory frameworks, includes a risk assessment, provides scope and location specific environmental impacts and outlines tailored management & monitoring strategies to mitigate the occurence of dust emissions while minimising the effects to the community and environment of poor dust and ambient pollution control.
Enveng can also provide supportive services in relation to; Air Emission Auditing - Regulatory Reporting ((Air, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories, National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)) - Dust Monitoring & Assessment - Risk Assessments - Compliance Reviews - Earth Stabilisation Solutions - Site Logistic Planning - Education & Awareness.