EPA must be transparent over risk to Blue Mountains heritage area

-->

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is potentially under threat – with tonnes of coal and waste water spilling into the Wollangambe River following an incident at Clarence Colliery mine near Lithgow. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now investigating the incident.

The NSW Opposition is calling on the Agency to guarantee the results of its investigation, including photographs and sampling results, be made public.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Resources & Energy Adam Searle

“The community is rightfully concerned about the impact of mining on the environment.”

“With tonnes of coal pouring into the waterway, this incident could seriously damage the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.”

“The EPA investigation must get to the bottom of whether any environmental codes were breached and whether this serious incident could have been avoided.” 

“The results of the EPA’s investigation must be released to give the public peace of mind that best practice systems are in place to protect our environment.”