Historical monitoring catalogue

Explore historical records of air quality monitoring activities we have carried out for special monitoring projects including air pollution incidents.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) supports the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) through providing air quality monitoring capability during incidents that impact air quality. Hourly updated data is reported on the DPIE Special Projects data webpage during such incidents.

This page is routinely updated to summarise recent incident monitoring activities, and other special contexts where air quality monitoring is conducted on request. See the Special Projects page for the broader context.

During 16–28 August 2019, we established a mobile air quality monitoring pod in East Lismore, at request of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).  This was to monitor compromised air quality due to smoke emissions from a fire at the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre.

The mobile monitoring pod was located close to a residential area off Wyrallah Road in East Lismore. The pod measured visibility (NEPH), carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and airborne particulate matter as PM10 (particles less than 10 µm in diameter) and PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5µm in diameter). In addition, meteorological parameters of wind speed, wind direction, temperature and humidity were monitored.

Monitoring ceased on EPA’s request when the facility fire was out and no longer compromising air quality.

During February – June 2019 we deployed 3 air quality monitoring stations to monitor effects on air quality due to an underground fire incident at Kooragang Island. The air pollution incident monitoring was conducted at the request of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Two monitoring stations (designed as emergency pods) were deployed in North and South Kooragang to record near-source emissions. To measure general community exposures, a third air quality monitoring station was installed at Warabrook, 1.4 km southwest of the incident site, at the boundary with Mayfield West.

All 3 stations measured carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and airborne particulate matter, PM10 (particles less than 10 µm in diameter) and PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5µm in diameter); hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was also monitored at the community station Warabrook.

Data was published online in near real-time for public access. Readings showed spikes at the onsite stations, coincident with winds from the incident site. There was no recorded exceedance for any of the measured parameters, compared against the Safe Work Australia’s standards for Short Term Exposure Limits. However, all stations recorded larger air pollution events i.e. dust storms and hazard reduction burns.

The emergency pods deployed in North and South Kooragang to record near-source emissions were decommissioned on 20 April, when FRNSW reported to OEH/EPA that the fire had been extinguished and the operation to contain the incident accomplished.

Warabrook remained active until 20 June 2019.

Station Type Coordinates
(latitude and longitude)
 Period deployed
North Kooragang On-site

32° 51' 53" S
51° 44' 5" E

21 February to 20 April 2019
South Kooragang On-site

32° 52' 14" S
151° 43' 49" E

21 February to 20 April 2019
Warabrook Community

32° 52' 45" S
151° 43' 11" E

18 March to 12 June 2019