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New operating limits

for Vales Point Power Station

The EPA has announced new operating limits for Vales Point Power Station will come into effect from 1 January 2021, the decision comes as part of the assessment for a licence variation put forward by Delta Electricity.

17 December 2021

 

THE decision to impose new operating limits on Vales Point Power Station comes after the EPA was provided with independent technical advice and expert modelling, along with consultation with both the community and NSW Health.

 

From 1 January 2022 Vales Point will be required to meet the following reduced limits to comply with the new National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure 2021 (NEPM) standard for NO2 in the local community:

 

  • A NOx 99 percentile limit of 850 milligrams per cubic metre - down 23% from the previous licence limit of 1100 milligrams per cubic metre.

 

  • A NOx 100 percentile limit of 980 milligrams per cubic metre - down 35% from the previous licence limit of 1500 milligrams per cubic metre.

 

In addition, Vales Point will also be required to:

 

  • Install a new ambient air quality monitoring station at Wyee Point for NOx, sulfur oxides (SOx) and PM2.5 by 1 July 2022

 

  • Conduct a NOx emission control engineering feasibility study by 31 December 2022 and a SOx emission reduction study report by 1 July 2022, and

 

  • Complete a Pollution Reduction Program to minimise the risk of any NOx concentration limit exceedances, by 1 July 2022.

 

Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley said “During the consultation process I made a submission to the EPA and wrote to the Minister calling for more robust air pollution controls.”

 

“The announcement by the EPA is a great win for our community who made it clear during the consultation process tighter operating limits for the power station”, Ms Catley said.

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