Pollutant loads from coal mining in Australia: Discerning trends from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

Weng, Z, Mudd, G, Martin, T and Boyle, C 2012, 'Pollutant loads from coal mining in Australia: Discerning trends from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 1920, pp. 78-89.


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Title Pollutant loads from coal mining in Australia: Discerning trends from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)
Author(s) Weng, Z
Mudd, G
Martin, T
Boyle, C
Year 2012
Journal name Environmental Science and Policy
Volume number 1920
Start page 78
End page 89
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract A key environmental concern is pollution loads released from human activity, since excessive pollutant loads can cause significant public health and/or environmental impacts. A principal objective of environmental regulation is therefore to minimise pollutant releases. The most common approach to assessing and monitoring pollutant loads is through pollutant release databases, with such systems now operating throughout Europe, North America and Australia. This paper has compiled and analysed an extensive data set on Australian coal mining and associated pollutant emissions reported through the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI). In Australia, the coal industry has been growing rapidly over recent decades, and this is causing significant community concerns over cumulative environmental impacts. The pollutant loads and intensities from coal mining are analysed in conjunction with production data. The trends identified in this paper provide an important basis to understand the value of pollutant release and transfer registers, such as the NPI, and demonstrate the critical need to integrate such data with ongoing trends in industry and environmental management initiatives.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Australia
Coal mining
National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)
Policy
Pollution
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.03.003
Copyright notice © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 1462-9011
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