Environment Protection Authority Victoria has published an analysis of brown coal fire impacts from the Hazelwood mine fire.
The fire happened over 45 days in 2014. We are able to publish this now, because the prosecution against the four companies which operated the Hazelwood Coal Mine has finished.
The analysis covers air monitoring data and other information gathered by authorities. It draws on the experiences of scientists and emergency service personnel.
The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry recommended that EPA coordinate and make this information publicly available. This recommendation is called Affirmation 18. Publishing this analysis fulfils Affirmation 18.
The analysis is important because it helps us understand long-running fire events, particularly brown coal fires. It may help emergency services respond to similar events in future.
We produced the information is this report, in collaboration with:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Emergency Management Victoria
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Country Fire Authority
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Read the full Hazelwood mine fire analysis
- Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire – Lessons learnt from responding to a large-scale brown coal open-cut mine fire (publication 1651)
Read the Hazelwood mine fire supporting material
- Summarising the air monitoring and conditions during the Hazelwood mine fire, 9 February to 31 March 2014 (publication 1598)
- Estimating air quality in the early stages of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire (publication 1599)
- EPA Hazelwood Recovery Program water, soil and ash assessment – Morwell and surrounds, February 2014 to May 2015 (publication 1600)
- EPA Hazelwood Recovery Program air quality assessment – Morwell and surrounds, February 2014 to May 2015 (publication 1601)
- Hazelwood Analysis Final Report (EPA publication 1647)
- Analysis of air quality during the Hazelwood mine fire (EPA publication 1648)
- Hazelwood Analysis Database (EPA publication 1649)