Journal article

Assessing environmental contamination from metal emission and relevant regulations in major areas of coal mining and electricity generation in Australia.

Larissa Schneider, Neil L Rose, Anna Lintern, Darren Sinclair, Atun Zawadzki, Cameron Holley, Marco A Aquino-López, Simon Haberle

Science of the Total Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2020


The Hunter and Latrobe Valleys have two of the richest coal deposits in Australia. They also host the largest coal-fired power stations in the country. We reconstructed metal deposition records in lake sediments in the Hunter and Latrobe Valleys to determine if metal deposition in freshwater lakes have increased in the region. The current regulatory arrangement applied to metal emissions from coal-fired power stations in Australia are presented, discussing their capacity to address future increases in metal deposition from these sources. Sediment records of spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs), a component of fly-ash, were also used as an additional line of evidence to identify the contr..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Gary Deane for the information on the Traralgon Railway Reservoir hydrology and Simon Clark (Latrobe City Council) for providing access to the collection of sediment. Martin O'Brien (Water NSW) has kindly provided access for sediment collection at Lake Glenbawn. We are grateful for the fieldwork assistance provided by the NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage. Geochemical analyses were funded by the Ecochemistry Laboratory at the University of Canberra. We thank Frank Krikowa for helping with the geochemical analyses. Bill Maher and Jaimie Potts have performed courtesy reviews, providing key insights to this paper. This work was funded by the Asia Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) Research Development Scheme (Round 2 -2017) and the Ecochemistry Laboratory at the University of Canberra.