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Adani to be issued with 'show cause' notice over coal-laden floodwaters at Abbot Point

Coal News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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ABC quoted Queensland Government as saying that it is poised to act against Indian energy giant Adani over the release of coal-laden floodwaters from its coal port at Abbot Point in the state's north. The Department of Environment and Science released test results confirming floodwaters diverted from the port into the sensitive Caley Valley exceeded the authorised level of coal concentration. A spokesman told the ABC that the department would give Adani a "show cause" notice ahead of potential enforcement action, which may include fines or prosecution. It comes after Adani revealed it had not applied for an emergency permit to dump more polluted water into the sensitive Caley Valley wetlands during the north Queensland floods last week.

The company told the ABC that Abbot Point operators were confident they could manage floodwaters with new infrastructure, but were then overwhelmed by flows from neighbouring properties. The department continues to investigate whether Adani has breached its environmental licence at the port for the second time in two years. It is already prosecuting Adani over its 2017 release of coal-laden water from the port during Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

A departmental spokesman said a sample taken by officials at a release point flowing to the wetlands had 33 milligrams per litre of "suspended solids", which included coal sediment.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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