With air quality alerts continuing EPA says gusty winds and dry condition to blame

Singleton's air quality monitors continued to issue warnings on a regular basis during the long weekend and into Tuesday as PM10 levels exceed national standards.

The district has nine monitors however Singleton South has been out of order for a couple of days and the NSW Environment Protection Authority report its data should be available again from tomorrow.

Today unfortunately the network was not providing hourly updates.

Commenting of the high number of air quality alerts the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment spokesperson said yesterday in the Hunter we saw gusty winds and these have led to severe fire danger warnings in the Greater Hunter.

'Pollution levels will remain elevated until winds die down after the passage of a cold front," they said.

"Officers from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) were inspecting mines this long weekend as part of the ongoing Bust the Dust campaign. EPA inspections showed the mines were taking appropriate action to contain dust. This includes watering down haul roads.

"EPA notes that in response to the dry conditions, mines either ceased operations or relocated their activities to less exposed areas."

The community can follow updates about the Bust the Dust campaign through the EPA's twitter account and further information is available at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/air/air-nsw-overview/managing-air-quality

Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network October 8

Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network October 8