Dr MEHREEN FARUQI (15:09): I direct my question to the Minister for Resources, Minister for
Energy and Utilities, Minister for the Arts, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, representing the Minister
for the Environment. Given the article in the March 2017 edition of the World Coal magazine stating that the
environmental effects of coal are well known, that fugitive dust and contaminated runoff negatively affect
surrounding communities, vegetation and wildlife, and that environmental regulations across the globe covering
existing stockpiles are and will soon be a requirement, will the Government finally commit to covering coal
stockpiles and coal wagons?
The Hon. DON HARWIN (Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister
for the Arts) (15:09): I thank the honourable member for her question. Obviously in very large part that also
affects the portfolio of my colleague the Hon. Gabrielle Upton, the Minister for the Environment. I would like her
input to ensure that the honourable member gets a complete answer to her important question.
COAL STOCKPILE CONTAMINATION
In reply to Dr MEHREEN FARUQI (11 May 2017).
The Hon. DON HARWIN (Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister for the Arts)—The Minister provided the following response:
I am advised that:
The New South Wales Government instructed NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane to undertake a review of rail coal dust emissions. Her report can be found at http://www.chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au/reports.The NSW Environmental Protection Authority and the Office of Environment and Heritage are developing a plan called Clean Air for NSW to address pollution from industry, transport and households to achieve significant and widespread gains for New South Wales air quality and public health. Community and stakeholder feedback was sought on the plan from October 2016 to January 2017.