Air Quality

Why air monitoring is important

Air monitoring helps to evaluate the status of the atmosphere and provides air quality information to regulators, scientists, industry, and the public. The monitoring data can be used to assess trends in air quality, and to assess the impact of pollution generated by various activities. Air monitoring can also help businesses to demonstrate compliance with certain regulatory requirements in their operating permits, as well as providing useful information to the business operators so that corrective action can be taken if necessary.

The Latrobe Valley Air Monitoring Network

Since it was established in 1977 the Network has gathered meteorological data at seven sites and monitored air quality at some 30 sites throughout the Valley. There are two urban and five rural sites which were commissioned during the Morwell coal mine fire to assess the air quality in the Latrobe Valley.

Visit the Latrobe Valley Air Monitoring Network website for a full list of sites and more information.

Contributors to the network include:

  • GDF SUEZ Australian Energy Loy Yang B
  • International Power Hazelwood
  • Loy Yang Power
  • Energy Australia Yallourn
  • Energy Brix Australia
  • Mercus
  • Ecogen Jeeralang
  • Snowy Hydro Valley Power
  • Australian Paper

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