A continuous improvement on dust mitigation in Port Hedland remains a key focus for industry.
PHIC has been working with relevant government departments, through the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce, for the past decade to continually improve overall dust performance outcomes.
The Port Hedland Industries Council has long been committed to implementing leading dust mitigation practices and delivering a coordinated approach through the sharing of information, knowledge and innovations.
PHIC members operate under individual environmental licences and continue to meet robust state government licencing requirements.
PHIC members are also committed to continuous improvement of dust emissions, including using water sprays, wind barriers, enclosed conveyors and loading chutes and sealing major traffic areas.
PHIC brings substantial expertise in areas involving dust mitigation, environmental issues, the community, safety and planning, and this expertise will be enhanced later this year when leading dust mitigation practices are discussed at an industry forum.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is in the process of appointing a consultant to develop a dust management guideline for bulk handling port premises.
PHIC will work with DWER to ensure it has input into any new processes or technologies that may be required.
Industry remains committed to continuing to work with the government and the community in an open and transparent way to balance the interests of West End residents and businesses, and those of the export industries; which are vital to the town, the state and the nation.