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Background

Point Samson—a regional town located in the Pilbara in Western Australia's north-west—receives dust from multiple sources and experiences occasional high dust levels.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER)* has carried out a two-month dust monitoring campaign to help determine the origin of dust impacting Point Samson.

The monitoring—carried out between November 2016 and January 2017—trialled technology based on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), together with conventional particle monitors.

Monitoring data was displayed through DWER's website, providing real-time information to interested stakeholders.

* The former Department of Environment Regulation amalgamated on 1 July 2017 with the Department of Water and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, forming the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

What is Happening Now?

DWER has now finalised a report which provides an analysis of data obtained and the findings of the campaign.

Following the release of the report and the completion of the Environmental Protection Authority inquiry under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) and issuing of Ministerial Statements 1049 and 1050, the Department has commenced a review of the Pilbara Iron Pty Ltd, Cape Lambert, Port Operations Licence (L5278/1973/13).

Submissions on the review of the Licence can be made for a 21 day period, closing Thursday, 8 February 2018.  Submissions will be considered as part of DWER's risk based assessment.

More Information

Fact Sheet - Dust Monitoring Campaign at Point Samson provides information on the dust monitoring campaign.

Further information on air quality monitoring in Western Australia is available in Air Quality Fact Sheets.

Contact DWER at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions regarding the campaign.


Updated 18 January 2018