Report on air quality in Wollar expected

PEABODY Energy will report to the Environment Protection Authority this month after the company was required to do additional air quality monitoring of the tiny village of Wollar.

The extra monitoring was required after increasing complaints about spontaneous combustion fires at Peabody’s Wilpinjong coal mine, near Wollar on the road between Denman and Mudgee.

EPA chief environmental regulator Mark Gifford said spontaneous combustion complaints dropped from 38 between July 2008 and June 2010, to six in the following two years after measures to address the problem.

The EPA required additional air quality monitoring after complaints jumped to 28 between July 2012 and June 2014.

A Peabody spokeswoman said there were no ‘‘uncontrolled’’ coal stockpile fires in 2013 and 2014.

Wilpinjong has applied for its sixth modification of the mine since it was approved in 2006. The mine supplies coal to Bayswater power station.

■A caption under a photo on August 2 was not of smoke billowing from a spontaneous combustion fire, but dust blowing into the air after blasting.

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