Loading, dumping and moving over-burden is a major source of dust emissions at coal mines. A typical coal mining operation can generate around 25% of their total dust emissions through the dumping process.
A recent government report into management of dust from coal mines found that coal mines can and will need to improve their dust management practices by developing and implementing dust management plans for coal mining operations and properly maintaining dust-control equipment to ensure mitigation measures are available and effective, amongst other recommendations.
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