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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Air Quality Monitoring to Commence

The EPA has agreed to commence air quality monitoring near Station Pier. This arrangement is temporary as the equipment may need to be used for emergency air quality incidents. The commencement of monitoring is in response to a BCNA request to the Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, MP and representations to The Hon. Martin Foley, MP.

The BCNA continues to request long term air quality monitoring at Station Pier.

Monitoring at Station Pier in 2016/17 by the Victorian Ports Corporation (VPC) revealed elevated levels of sulphur dioxide comparted to nearby EPA monitoring stations at Footscray and Altona North. Also, the annual average PM2.5 value of 8.4 µg/m3 exceeded the 8.0 µg/m3 level specified in the State Environment Protection Policy (Ambient Air Quality) standard.

The EPA has encouraged academics from Deakin University and the Queensland University of Technology to undertake air quality monitoring projects at Station Pier. The BCNA will provide details once these are finalised.