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Environmental Health Interim Baseline Report: Air Quality Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment for the Beetaloo Sub-basin



Environmental Health Interim Baseline Report: Air Quality Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment for the Beetaloo Sub-basin

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SREBA Beetaloo environmental health interim baseline report: air quality


Browell, R.; Potgierter, J.

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Northern Territory. Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security. Flora and Fauna Division


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Technical Report 34/2022; SREBA reports






This is the interim report for the work undertaken for the Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) Environmental Health Air Quality baseline study. The Air Quality baseline is a 12 month monitoring program to measure key air pollutants and meteorological parameters from five air quality monitoring stations were set up within the study area at Manbulloo, Mataranka, Bullwaddy Conservation Reserve, Daly Waters and Elliott. Pollutants measured were selected based on the expected emissions from onshore gas development, and include particulate matter (PM), both suspended particles and deposited dust, and gases (NO2, SO2, H2S, VOCs and aldehydes). The interim report summarises the initial data (~2 months) collected by the air quality monitoring program and outline monitoring methods for each pollutant including details of quality control procedures undertaken. The sample of data collected is not yet sufficient to draw reliable conclusions regarding the baseline air quality in the region. The baseline monitoring program is scheduled to continue for a further 10 months, with a total of 12 months of data collected at the completion. Some recommendations are provided in the report regarding ongoing monitoring, which are to be reassessed at the completion of the 12 month monitoring program.


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Table of contents

1. Introduction - 2. SREBA Air Quality monitoring program - 3. Monitoring results - 4. Ongoing monitoring - 5. Conclusion - 6. References




SREBA; Health; Air Quality; Beetaloo (N.T.)

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Northern Territory Government

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Technical Report 34/2022; SREBA reports


42 page : colour illustrations and maps ; 30 cm

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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GHD | Northern Territory Government | 12575570 | Environmental Health Interim Baseline Report: Air Quality 30 7. Conclusion GHD has prepared this report to summarise the SREBA Environmental Health air quality monitoring baseline study and provide some initial results from the monitoring, and to provide an overall context of the air quality environment in the NT. Due to the location of the existing air quality stations, it is likely that the monitoring data historically/currently collected by NT EPA is not representative of the air quality within the study area. Three of the existing stations are in the Darwin region, while the most recently installed station is in Katherine. There are no stations further south, near the Beetaloo Sub-basin. A 12-month duration baseline air quality monitoring program commenced in September 2022 and is ongoing. The air quality monitoring program includes continuous monitoring at five locations of dust and meteorological conditions, as well as dust deposition sampling and passive gas sampling.