Open Cut » Health and Safety
The purpose of this project is to conduct further analysis and investigation to provide an additional level of assurance to previous project C22027 Development of Australia-Specific PM10 Emission Factors for Coal Mines.
The driver for this research stems from a detailed peer review, commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) group. This third party peer review was undertaken by McVehil-Monnett Associates (MMA) based in Denver, USA. MMA provided commentary on the project, advising areas where further research could be undertaken.
The following responses and refinements are considered productive in endorsement of PE (2015) within an NPI setting, whilst also recognising the significant effort of work commissioned to date:
- MMA have raised concerns about the calibration of light scattering PM measurements against gravimetric equivalents;
- MMA noted there was no comparison of results between Confined Air Burst Chamber method and those from an open-floor wind tunnel.
ERM has completed a scope of works, primarily with use of the existing project datasets, with the express purpose of closing out the comments of the project's peer reviewer. The following findings have been made based on this work:
- Instrumentation calibration factor development;
- CABC and Open Floor Wind Tunnel Intercomparison;
- Emission Factor Reprocessing and Recommendations.