Govt to act on dust levels in Mandogalup

Mandogalup residents visited Parliament House last year, showing politicians that their water has not been affected by dust.
Mandogalup residents visited Parliament House last year, showing politicians that their water has not been affected by dust.

THE State Government has received advice from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on the buffer size for urban development in Mandogalup.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said it would now investigate potential sources of dust affecting air quality in the north and northeastern Mandogalup area.

“The EPA’s report contains information that concerns the Western Trade Coast Protection Area and the State Government will consider that advice as further investigation takes place,” Mr Dawson said.

Following a dust monitoring campaign, to be undertaken by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Mr Dawson said the Government would consider measures that could be under- taken to reduce dust levels.

The report found that in the eastern area of Mandogalup, there was negligible health risk and low likelihood of unreasonable amenity impacts.

The EPA’s report mainly focused on technical aspects of dust generation in the Mandogalup area and its potential for health and amenity impacts.

It stemmed from consideration by the previous government of legislation to control new sensitive land uses in the vicinity of the Kwinana Industrial Area.

The EPA also advised there were a number of potential sources of dust affecting the northern Mandogalup area, within and outside the area.