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Current notices

  • Box Hill: EPA has temporarily removed the portable air monitoring device that measures fine airborne particles (PM2.5) from Box Hill monitoring station. This device has been removed to support EPA’s capability to respond to major air pollution incidents. (19 January 2018)

  • Geelong South air monitoring station is offline due to technical difficulties and data for this station is not available on the website. Our technicians are working to fix the problem and we will update this message at 5pm, Monday 22 January 2018 . The air quality forecast for Melbourne is expected to be GOOD. (18 January 2018)

  • Macleod: Monitoring for PM2.5 is offline due to technical difficulties and data for this station is not being collected. EPA technicians are working to fix the problem and we will update this message at 10am, 19 January 2018. The air quality forecast for Melbourne is expected to be GOOD. (18 January 2018) 

  • Altona North: Monitoring for SO2 is offline due to technical difficulties and SO2 data for this station is not being collected. EPA technicians are working to fix the problem. The air quality forecast for Melbourne is expected to be GOOD. (18 January 2018) 

  • Humidity can cause low visibility readings in EPA’s air monitoring network due to high levels of moisture in the air. Humidity may also affect PM2.5 readings at Mooroolbark and Point Cook. EPA staff will monitor visibility readings during periods forecast for high levels of humidity and communicate any issues if required. (22 December 2017)
  • EPA is removing portable air monitors that measure fine airborne particles (PM2.5) from our monitoring stations in Mooroolbark and Point Cook. A different type of monitor (nephelometers) already at these monitoring stations will be used to provide information on the PM2.5 levels on EPA AirWatch. The portable monitors being removed from Mooroolbark and Point Cook will be used by EPA to enhance our capability to respond to major air pollution incidents. (8 September 2017)

  • Latrobe Valley: Given the Hazelwood power station is now closed and there are no longer any discharges from the power station chimneys, ENGIE is no longer obliged to monitor air quality from the chimneys. However, EPA licence requirements remain in place to ensure monitoring of other environmental risks, including fugitive dust, and annual reporting that occurs through the 2016–17 annual performance statement. EPA’s Latrobe Valley air monitoring network – with stations at Morwell South, Morwell East, Churchill, Moe and Traralgon – will also help EPA track any changes in local air quality since the closure. (19 April 2017)

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