2006 07 july AN EIP

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getting close to nature naturally
anglesea environment report
JULY 2006
Inside the ‘Best Practice’ Environment Report:
Air Emissions
Water Monitoring
Encountering wildlife without feeding
Animals of the Anglesea Heath: Eastern Spinebill
Updates on Rainfall, Town Water Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Environmental improvement - progress towards 2006 targets
Plus we talk to an employee about their contribution to improving the environment
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPOR
T JULY 2006
REPORT
air
Air Monitoring
Stack Monitors
Average
Maximum
Opacity g/m3 10-minute average
0.056
0.197
Stack SO2 kg/min 1-hour average Licence limit 111.34kg/min 76.82
89.81
Ambient Monitors
SO2 1 hour ppb
Average
Maximum
Community Centre
3
27
Primary School
4
200
Mt Ingoldsby
-
-
Scout Camp
8
200
Camp Wilkin
1
119
Camp Road
7
176
Ambient Monitors
SO2 Maximum 1 hour averages (ppb)
Date
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Community Centre 10 2 2 10 1 1 1 0 1 27 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 2 1 2 12 22 15 2
Primary School
3
3
1
5
9
1
1
1 200172 1
1
1
2
1
1
1
0
0
4
4
3
2
1
1
1
0
65 49 66 1
Mt Ingoldsby
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Scout Camp
3
3
4
4 151 54 57 109 5
4 200 4
2
4
6
2
2
2
2
6
5
11 19 3
3
4
60 4
96 83 95
Camp Wilkin
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
4
29 34 2
2
1
0
1
2
2
176 3
3
13 96 4
3
2 164151 32 3
2
3
2
0
1
1
2
5
5
28 3
2
0
7
6
21 150 3
Camp Road
EPA Intervention Level
210
Alcoa Local Standard
170
1
-
-
-
1 119 1
4
-
-
0
16 1
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPOR
T JULY 2006
REPORT
water
Water Storage
Barwon Water storage levels within the Geelong system at 28.9% capacity. Stage 1 restrictions apply.
Water Discharge
ML
July
Total
Ashponds (SP1)
153
1008
Mine (SP4)
0
0.8
Water Monitoring
SP1
SP4
SP3
25/07/2006
Ashpond
Mine
Final
EPA limit
Lab Result
EPA limit
Lab Result
EPA limit
Lab Result
pH
4-10
8.5
3-9
-
5-9
7.5
Susp. Solids
100
4
100
-
30
<2
Colour
50
4
50
-
50
4
Aluminium
10
0.3
10
-
5.5
< 0.1
Iron
10
0.6
0
-
4.0
< 0.1
Zinc
0.4
< 0.1
2.0
-
0.3
< 0.1
WATER WATER USAGE PER MONTH (ML)
Date
JAN
FEB MAR APR
MAY JUNE JULY AUG
Town Water
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.5
1.6
0.8
1.0
7.9
Bore Water
279
243
285
237
210
218
238
1710
Mine Water
81
82
81
92
106
88
93
623
SEPT OCT
NOV
DEC
TOTAL
300.0
3000
250.0
2500
200.0
2000
150.0
1500
100.0
1000
50.0
0.0
500
0
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPOR
T JULY 2006
REPORT
encountering wildlife without feeding
Many people enjoy feeding wildlife because it
allows a close interaction with nature. Often, they
think they are also helping the animals to survive.
But is it a good idea? The consensus is.. not really.
While feeding the animals can be fun for humans, it
is usually detrimental for the animals, and will be of
more harm than help. There are few, if any, benefits
for Australian wildlife in being fed. Our mild climate
and the mobile nature and adaptations of many of
our species means that they can obtain all the
natural food they need.
The arguments against feeding wildlife include:
> diseases are easily passed on at feeding
stations;
> less dominant wildlife is forced away from the
areas around feeding stations and more dominant
species (eg kookaburras and butcherbirds) get an
unnatural advantage;
> animals that become used to being fed might
lose their fear of people. This puts them at risk
around people who don’t appreciate wildlife; and
> predators, especially cats and dogs, target
wildlife while they are feeding.
An alternative to feeding is to develop an area that
reflects the natural environment, providing
opportunities for local wildlife to forage for their
own food, yet still be observed at close range.
The planting around the mine lunch room area is a
perfect example of creating such an area. The
garden will benefit local bird species with prickly
shrubs providing shelter from predators and
flowering shrubs to provide nectar for small birds
whilst allowing employees to enjoy the sight and
sounds of local birds. A shalllow source of water
for birds away from vegetation that could conceal
predators is an added bonus. Indigenous plants
have been used in the garden as local wildlife is
attracted to local plants and the indigenous plant’s
adaptation to the soil type, season, climate and
pests in the area means they require less
management during establishment and
supplementary watering is usually not necessary.
Remember, wildlife in your area has survived
because there is available food, water, and shelter
to meet their needs but providing additional
habitat is a solution that pleases everyone.
ANIMALS OF THE ANGLESEA HEATH
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus
tenuirostris)
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Size:
Male:
Female:
Voice:
Distribution
Habitat:
Food:
16cm
grey-black crown which extends on either
side of the breast, breast and throat are
white with a rufous patch in the centre of the
throat, wings and lower back are dark grey,
underparts and upper back are buff
similar to males but less distinct
staccato piping, softer ‘chee-chee-chee...’
generally found east of the Great Dividing
Range from Cooktown in Queensland to the
Flinders Ranges in South Australia
common to uncommon resident in forest,
woodlands, gardens, thickets and heaths
feed on insects and nectar, it’s beak is
particularly well suited to extracting nectar
from tubular flowers such as epacrids
including Epacris impressa (Pink Heath)
EASTERN SPINEBILL
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPOR
T JULY 2006
REPORT
LAND
RAINFALL (mm)
Month
JAN
FEB MAR APR
MAY JUNE JULY AUG
2006 Rainfall
46.2
19.6 7.3
37.1
129.4 17.0
40.6
297.2
1968-2005 Average
44.6
43.9 42.5
53.5
59.3 60.8
60.8
365.7
SEPT OCT
NOV
DEC
TOTAL
7 0 0 .0 0
100
90
6 0 0 .0 0
80
5 0 0 .0 0
70
60
4 0 0 .0 0
50
3 0 0 .0 0
40
30
2 0 0 .0 0
20
1 0 0 .0 0
10
0
0 .0 0
WATER
TOWN WATER USE (ML)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Process
23.9 14.6 13.1 16.7 15.0 13.5 5 . 4 0.7
0.7
0.8
1.1
0.9
0.6
0.6
1 .8
Amenity
11.6 6.6
2 . 5 0.3
0.3
0.2
0.4
0.7
0.2
0.4
6.6
5.0
4.0
2.6
4 0 .0
1 .6
3 5 .0
1 .4
3 0 .0
1 .2
2 5 .0
1 .0
2 0 .0
0 .8
1 5 .0
0 .6
1 0 .0
0 .4
5 .0
0 .2
0 .0
0 .0
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
JA N
F E B
M A R
A P R
M A Y
JUN
JU L
A U G
S E P
O C T
NO V
D E C
AIR
GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) TOTAL (Mt) & GHG EMISSION EFFICENCY (t/MWh)
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1.42 1.62 1.56 1.45 1.34 1.25 1.20 1.38 1.42 1.53 1.23 1.27 1.50 1.45 1.47 1.31 1 . 4 9
GHG Mt
‹ GHG
t/MWh 1.34 1.35 1.33 1.32 1.31 1.33 1.38 1.34 1.30 1.30 1.24 1.19 1.21 1.21 1.20 1.21 1 . 1 9
2
1600000
1 .8
1400000
1 .6
1 .4
1 .2
1200000
1000000
1
800000
0 .8
600000
0 .6
400000
0 .4
200000
0 .2
0
0
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPOR
T JULY 2006
REPORT
environmental improvement
Environmental Management Targets
July
2006 Total
Forecast
2006 Target
Reportable Environmental Incidents
0
0
0
0
Monthly EHS ASAT Audit Completion (%)
50
93
93
90
Air Emission Targets
July
2006 Total
Forecast
2006 Target
Ambient SO2 ( no. readings > 210ppb)
0
2
3
0
Stack SO2 (no. hrs > 100kg/min)
0
0
0
0
SO2 Load Reductions
17
65
111
N/A
1.18
1.19
1.19
1.20
Opacity (10 min av > 0.25g/m normal operation)
0
0
0
0
Water Targets
July
2006 Total
Forecast
2006 Target
Town Water (ML)
1.0
7.9
13.5
17.2
Bore Water (ML)
238
1710
2931
2440
Waste Targets
July
2006 Total
Forecast
2006 Target
Waste to Landfill (t)
0.0
2.7
4.6
10.0
Solid Prescribed Waste to Landfill (t)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
GHG Efficiency (t CO2 e/MWh)
3
Mine Rehabilitation Targets
2006 Total
2006 Target
2006 Area Cleared (ha)
3.3
3.3
2006 Area Rehabilitated (ha)
7.5
> 3.3
2005 Mine Rehabilitation Species Richness (%)
N/A
100
OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR EMPLOYEES..
Richard, there were a couple of minor environmental
issues in the mine during July
July.. What happened?
There was three environmental incidents that occurred over the
weekend of July 22 and 23. The first issue was a ruptured hose
on a hired excavator while carrying out road maintenance on the
coal haul road. A mist of oil sprayed onto the haul road at the
bridge over Marshy Creek. The second was a fuel oil spill at the
mine fuel bowser. The equipment was on hire and it’s fitting to
the bowser hose was faulty so the automatic fuel shut off failed.
And finally, a water pipe at the rear of the mine workshop burst
and flooded the carpark and sewerage pit.
Were the issues easily resolved?
Yes. The fuel oil on the coal haul road was soaked up into sand
and all contaminated material was placed into the landfarm. The
fuel oil spill at the bowser was contained within the bund so the
machinery just needed a wipe down. The flooded sewerage pit
contained treated effluent from the septic system so there was
no spill of seweage material. The water was pumped out and
the pipe repaired. Environmental incidents were raised for all
issues on the day of occurance and all actions were completed
within three days including the pipe repair.
...RICHARD MACHAR
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