Tony Webster, Port Hedland Industries Council, Port Hedland Industries Council An Update


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Tony Webster delivered the presentation at 2014 Bulk Materials Handling Conference.

The 11th annual Bulk Materials Handling Conference is an expert led forum focusing on the engineering behind the latest expansions and upgrades of bulk materials facilities. This conference will evaluate the latest engineering feats that are creating record levels of throughput whilst minimising downtime.

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Tony Webster, Port Hedland Industries Council, Port Hedland Industries Council An Update

  1. 1. “Innovative response from industry to cooperatively deal with air and noise quality issues in the Hedland area ”
  2. 2. Port Hedland Industries Council What is the Industries Council and what do we do? Case Study – cumulative dust model development Case study – dust monitoring network
  3. 3. Overview Purpose Port Hedland Industries Council (PHIC) is a cooperative group formed to provide a focused and cooperative approach to cumulative industry issues in Port Hedland History PHIC was born in 2008 out of the Port Hedland Air Quality Reference Group as a need to effectively monitor air quality through industry cooperation PHIC was incorporated January 2009 as an association under the Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act 1987 In 2010 the “Port Hedland Dust management Taskforce Report” was released, PHIC was identified as the vehicle for industry to carry out the recommendations for industry in a coordinated way
  4. 4. Ten member companies Organization to meet collective challenges for industry operating through Port Hedland Structure
  5. 5. Taskforce Report Taskforce requirements broadly split into: Air quality Noise Industry is a partner in this work and sits on the Taskforce along with other stakeholders in State and Local Government.
  6. 6. Port Hedland Air Quality Management Plan Independent AQM regime and governance Development of a online air quality database for members Development of a realtime air quality public website ( Air quality management plans and codes of practice Coordinated approach to boundary monitoring projects across industry Coordinated approach to AQM Plans within the airshed Open lines of communication between companies for dust management Implementation of AQM network Develop independent AQM program in consultation with DEC and Health Dept. 32 planned instruments in place and supplying data. 10 operational monitoring sites. Support research and sit on advisory groups Member of the Port Hedland Health Study Subcommittee – Health Risk Assessment Established strong links with Chemcentre. Chemcentre sampling program
  7. 7. Port Hedland Noise Management Establish independent best practice noise management regime in conjunction with DER Established Industries Council Noise Working Group Coordinate Reg 17 Exemptions from industry Liaise with Govt. Agencies to coordinate improvement initiatives and monitoring programs Cumulative Noise Model (EPA) –PHIC working with EPA / DER Member of the Port Hedland Noise Study Subcommittee Model completed and delivered to the Taskforce March 2014 Develop an integrated monitoring regime Scope out Industry / Govt requirements Fit for purpose noise monitoring
  8. 8. Projects Moving Forward Integrated air quality and noise modelling Govt. and Industry participation with a high level of trust Provide accurate data for ongoing management of study findings. Develop Hedland standard models for all companies to use. Working with Govt. to ensure health and noise studies are successful Maintaining the right standard for the studies Keeping the Studies on track and on budget Maximising the use of available data Understanding what this means for industry members (Regulation / Landuse) Dust and Noise Management Establishing a baseline Establishing the right standards for management Omnibus approach for Reg 17. Other Focus Areas Marine working Group Community Working Group
  9. 9. Case study - Cumulative Dust Model Why: •West End residential areas adjacent to bulk export facilities •Multiple companies using facilities •Each companies dust model had different outputs •Complex plume distribution and physical environment •High background levels
  10. 10. Dust Modelling Tree Emission data Source Type Meteorology Topography Receptors Dispersion Modelling Prediction of ground-level concentrations
  11. 11. Model Types Plume Model – AERMOD and AUSPLUME Puff Model - CALPUFF
  12. 12. Dust Modelling Issues • CY2012 representative year for development but not necessarily for future use • Standardising methods of source estimation • High levels of background dust • Type of model - plume or puff?
  13. 13. Benefits •All proponents use same inputs and deriving the same results •Regulator and community high level of confidence •Facilitate approvals •Assist in uniform dust management options across industry and land use •Support Taskforce studies Consolidated Dust Modelling
  14. 14. Case Study Port Hedland Industries Council Air Quality Monitoring Community website
  15. 15. Data Base
  16. 16. Ambient Air Quality Network Contractor engaged to develop an ambient network monitoring plan to meet the requirements of the Taskforce and PHIC Members Plan signed off by Taskforce Utilised existing monitors and locations where possible Developed standardised monitor to deploy across the network Connected network to a database Put in place QA/QC checks
  17. 17. Air Quality Monitor Selection Recommended (Beta Attenuation Monitors) BAM units for the network did not work in the Hedland air shed. Research program in partnership with instrument supplier to develop suitable system Other requirements added into the design – cost, portability, solar power.
  18. 18. BAM Monitors Old design: Air conditioners Power supply Concrete base Safety railing Stairs New design: Portable On board power Cyclone rated Secure Cost reduction 80% Meets standards
  19. 19. Benefits Open forum to discuss matters affecting industry as a whole. Cooperative management approach and associated cost savings High level of trust with Government Opportunity to participate in decision making processes Ability to negotiate licence conditions as one body Ambient dust monitoring network
  20. 20. “Innovative response from industry to cooperatively deal with air and noise quality issues in the Hedland area ”