Cleanaway New Chum odour issues – air quality monitoring results

Between April and November 2022, as part of the regulatory response to the Cleanaway New Chum odour issues, the department recognised the community was concerned about potential health impacts and worked with Queensland Health to undertake additional air quality monitoring in the community.

This included air monitoring by departmental officers within the community, provision of air quality monitoring devices to a number of households in the area and liaising with Queensland Health to review the data collected to assess whether there are any potential impacts to health.

This air monitoring was designed to specifically assess whether there were any contaminants from the odour issues that would pose any potential health impacts.

Community monitoring included hydrogen sulfide (H2S) monitoring and the deployment of 43 air sampling canisters that collected samples of air that were analysed for up to 74 different types of chemical compounds.

The department also issued an Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to Cleanaway on 12 April 2022 to conduct its own additional air monitoring onsite and report regularly to the department.

Air monitoring results for hydrogen sulfide are assessed against the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2019 guidelines which align with the World Health Organisation - Air Quality Guidelines.

The Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2019 also provides nuisance or aesthetics (odour) guidelines for hydrogen sulfide.

Where the criteria for air pollutants are not prescribed within the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2019, such as for individual volatile organic compounds (VOC), other reputable international standards such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or Ontario – Ambient air quality criteria, are used to assess risks to human health.

The department liaised with Queensland Health to review the results and assess potential risks to human health.

By October 2022, the previously affected cell was empty of water, community complaints about odour issues had significantly reduced and air monitoring results were generally below nuisance levels.

This means the department transitioned the environmental regulatory response into standard operations.

Read more about the full response on the Cleanaway New Chum odour issues page including operational updates and regulatory actions.

This web page includes a location map of where air monitoring devices were located during the program and the type of device, a summary of key findings and the data depicted in graphs and downloadable CSV files.

During December 2022, the department will be in touch with a small number of residents who still have air monitoring canister devices to find out if they wish to take an air sample or return the device. If air samples are taken, this page will be updated with the results.

Air and weather monitoring and modelling will continue in the Swanbank and surrounding areas, including New Chum, to help model and assess air movement.

The department continues to trial new air monitoring equipment in the area (read the story in the 18 July edition of our newsletter).

The department is also developing a longer-term air monitoring strategy for the Swanbank and surrounding areas.

The air quality results on this page are split into:

During the Cleanaway New Chum odour issues response, air quality monitoring was conducted at a range of locations in the local community. This included monitoring by department staff in the field, real time H2S monitors set up in the community and air monitoring (canisters) undertaken by households. Air monitoring was also undertaken at the Cleanaway New Chum site.

DES air monitoring in the community

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Carlyle Street, Riverview

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Cathryn Court, Collingwood Park

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Brigalow Lane, Redbank

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Tambo Court, Collingwood Park

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Hanlon Court, Collingwood Park

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Currawong Street, Bundamba Park

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Johnstone Place, Riverview

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Perry Street, Redbank Plains

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Grenadier Circle, Ebbw Vale

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Hubert Street, Dinmore

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Air monitoring by community members

Community monitoring results, April 2022 - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date sampledLocation Sample IDn-butaneCyclohexanePropene1,3-ButadieneTolueneEthanol Isopropyl alcoholAcetone Methyl ethyl ketoneChloro-methaneChloroformtert-Butanoln-PentaneIsopropylbenzeneEthylbenzenem- & p-Xyleneo-Xylene
13 April 2.45pm Collingwood Park
McCorry Drive
22KS1583 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 1.5 not detected 1.4 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
14 April 5.20pm Riverview
Carlyle Street
22KS128 1 not detected 1.3 not detected 0.6 3.1 0.5 0.6 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
15 April 2.45am Collingwood Park
Hanlon Court
22KS129 1.7 not detected 1.4 not detected 0.6 3.8 0.7 0.7 not detected 0.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
19 April 7.00am Collingwood Park
Cathryn Court
22KS127 1.7 not detected 1.3 not detected not detected 3 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
20 April 5.45am Brigalow Lane 22KS1691 4.4 not detected 3.1 not detected 1.3 4.5 not detected 1.5 not detected 0.9 not detected not detected 0.7 0.5 not detected not detected not detected
26 April 10.20am Bundamba
Currawong St
22KS1659 1.9 not detected 0.7 not detected 0.6 9 not detected 0.8 not detected 0.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
27 April 7.28pm Boovall
Cothill Road
22KS1657 0.5 not detected not detected not detected 0.8 15 not detected 0.6 not detected 0.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
12 April Riverview
Carlyle Street
22KS1658 0.6 not detected 0.8 not detected not detected 60 not detected 0.9 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
Community monitoring results, May 2022 - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date sampledLocation Sample IDn-butaneCyclohexanePropene1,3-ButadieneTolueneEthanol Isopropyl alcoholAcetone Methyl ethyl ketoneChloro-methaneChloroformtert-Butanoln-PentaneIsopropylbenzeneEthylbenzene m- & p-Xyleneo-Xylene
1 May
5.57pm
Collingwood Park
Guerin Court
22KS1655 7.5 not detected 4.1 not detected not detected 25 1.6 3 not detected 0.7 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
1 May Bundamba
Cooneana Street
22KS1679 not detected not detected 1.3 not detected not detected 450 not detected 5.1 not detected not detected not detected 2.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
1 May
8.50pm
Collingwood Park
Eagle Street
22KS1740 2.1 not detected 1.3 not detected not detected 20 not detected 0.9 not detected 1.2 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
6 May
10.00am
Collingwood Park
Burdekin Street
22KS1748 1.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected 7.8 not detected 2.9 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
1 May
9.00pm
Collingwood Park
Tone Street
22KS1756 1.9 not detected 1.5 0.8 not detected 2.8 not detected 1.3 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
6 May
8.35pm
Collingwood Park
Brenda Court
22KS1755 6.4 0.5 1.7 not detected not detected 28 0.9 0.8 not detected 1 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
Not available Redbank Plains
Percy Lane
22KS1758 1.9 not detected not detected not detected not detected 13 not detected 0.9 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
4 May
7.30pm
Redbank Plains
Cotton Court
22KS1775 3.6 not detected 0.6 not detected 0.6 12 not detected 1.2 0.5 0.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
17 May
7.08am
Redbank Plains
Nicholis Drive
22KS1797 5 not detected not detected 1.2 not detected 0.6 8 not detected 1.2 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
Not available Redbank Plains
Benjamin Drive
22KS2056 1.7 not detected not detected 1 not detected not detected 10 not detected 1.1 not detected 1 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
17 May
11.00pm
Collingwood Park
Forgan Smith Drive
22KS2072 0.9 not detected not detected 0.9 not detected not detected 3.1 not detected 2.1 not detected 1.1 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
19 May
8.50am
Collingwood Park
Avoca Court
22KS2073 0.6 not detected not detected 0.6 not detected not detected 8.2 not detected 0.8 not detected 0.8 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
13 May
8.30am
Bundamba
Vale Street
22KS2074 2 not detected not detected 0.7 not detected not detected 18 not detected 1.5 not detected 0.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
20 May
8.45am
Blackstone
High Street
22KS2075 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 4.5 not detected 0.5 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
30 May
8.14pm
Riverview
Mitchell Street
22KS2168 7 not detected 2.6 not detected not detected 19 1.5 1.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected
30 May
11.00am
Brookwater
Botanic Crescent
22KS2190 2.3 not detected not detected not detected not detected 3 not detected 0.9 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
25 May
7.10am
Collingwood Park
Quartz Court
22KS2084 4.8 not detected 2.1 not detected not detected 12 1.4 3.2 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
17 May
6.45am
Collingwood Park
Tone Drive
22KS2085 5.5 not detected 1.5 not detected not detected 4.4 not detected 2.9 not detected 0.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
25 May
2.38am
Collingwood Park
Maudsley Crescent
22KS2086 3.6 not detected 1.5 not detected not detected 1.1 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 0.5 not detected not detected not detected
28 May
3.00pm
Collingwood Park
Reerden Street
22KS2114 1.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected 3.5 not detected 0.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
1 May
10.15am
Dinmore
Hubert Street
22KS1656 5.8 not detected 1 not detected 7,000 * 30,000 * 10 18 12 0.6 not detected 3.8 not detected not detected 8.8 not detected not detected
End of May
7.15am
Collingwood Park
Goss Drive
22KS2779 3.2 not detected 4.8 not detected 0.6 16 1.2 3.2 not detected 1.3 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
Community monitoring results, June 2022 - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date sampledLocation Sample IDn-butaneCyclohexanePropene1,3-ButadieneTolueneEthanol Isopropyl alcoholAcetone Methyl ethyl ketoneChloro-methaneChloroformtert-Butanoln-PentaneIsopropylbenzeneEthylbenzene m- & p-Xyleneo-Xylene
7 June 2.30pm Redbank Plains
Banks Court
22KS2189 2.3 not detected not detected not detected not detected 140 not detected 0.8 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected 17 not detected not detected not detected not detected
8 June 4.45pm Redbank Plains
Perry Street
22KS2226 0.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected 2.9 not detected 0.9 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected
16 June 7.25pm Redbank Plains
Alawoona Street
22KS2308 1.5 not detected 0.6 not detected not detected 11 not detected 0.9 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 1 not detected not detected not detected
23 June 3.05pm Dinmore
Hubert Street
22KS2413 1.2 not detected not detected not detected not detected 32 not detected 2.3 not detected not detected not detected not detected 1.9 not detected not detected not detected not detected
24 June 8.50pm Dinmore
Hubert Street
22KS2441 4.7 not detected 4.7 not detected 0.8 62 not detected 3.8 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 1.1 not detected 1.7 0.6
Community monitoring results, July 2022 - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date sampledLocation Sample IDn-butaneCyclohexanePropene1,3-ButadieneTolueneEthanol Isopropyl alcoholAcetone Methyl ethyl ketoneChloro-methaneChloroformtert-Butanoln-PentaneIsopropylbenzeneEthylbenzene m- & p-Xyleneo-Xylene
1 July 8.07am Redbank Plains
Shanahan Pde
22KS2446 1.5 not detected 1.1 not detected not detected 107 not detected 0.7 not detected not detected not detected not detected 1.4 not detected not detected not detected not detected
25 July 9.35pm Riverview
Dawn Pde
22KS2716 2.4 not detected 2.6 not detected 0.8 25 1.3 2.6 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 0.7 not detected not detected not detected
Not available Booval
Cothill Road
22KS2719 1 not detected 2.3 not detected 0.6 4.3 not detected 1.4 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 0.9 not detected not detected not detected
Community monitoring results, September 2022 - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date sampledLocation Sample IDn-butaneCyclohexanePropene1,3-ButadieneTolueneEthanol Isopropyl alcoholAcetone Methyl ethyl ketoneChloro-methaneChloroformtert-Butanoln-PentaneIsopropylbenzeneEthylbenzene m- & p-Xyleneo-Xylene
6 September
6.59pm
Ripley
McLean Street
22KS3757 0.5 not detected not detected not detected not detected 5.3 not detected 0.8 not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected

Legend

Measurements are in parts per billion (volume basis).

not detected Below the limit of reporting and not detected
  Below the short-term health-based guidelines published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
*Ontario Ministry for Environment – Ambient air quality criteria (Propene)
  Above the short-term health-based guidelines published by TCEQ.

DES air monitoring results at the Cleanaway New Chum site

Site: Cleanaway New Chum landfill site

Date of testing: 6–7 April 2022

Type: Results

Summary of results

Cleanaway New Chum site (measurements at Trench location) - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date and timen-butanePropene m-&-p Xylene Isopropyl benzene Carbon disulfideEthanol Isopropyl alcoholChloroformAcetoneChloro-methane
6 April 9.05am not detected not detected not detected 0.8 0.6 1.8 not detected 3.4 1.5 1.2
7 April 7.32am 1.2 1* not detected not detected not detected 2.7 not detected 0.5 0.9 0.9  
Cleanaway New Chum site (measurements at Southern End Cell 3b location) - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date and timen-butanePropene m-&-p Xylene Isopropyl benzene Carbon disulfideEthanol Isopropyl alcoholChloroformAcetoneChloro-methane
6 April 9.26am not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 15 not detected not detected 0.6 not detected
7 April 7.45am 0.7 1.7* not detected 0.6 not detected 2.3 not detected 1.1 1.3 0.9  
Cleanaway New Chum site (measurements at Northern End Cell 3b location) - all detected concentrations are in ppb
Date and timen-butanePropene m-&-p Xylene Isopropyl benzene Carbon disulfideEthanol Isopropyl alcoholChloroformAcetoneChloro-methane
6 April 9.42am not detected not detected not detected not detected not detected 0.9 not detected 2.2 1.6 1
7 April 8.20am not detected 1.6* 0.7 1.2 not detected 5.6 0.5 3.1 2.6 1.2

Legend

Measurements are in parts per billion (volume basis).

not detected Below the limit of reporting and not detected
  Below the short-term health-based guidelines published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
*Ontario Ministry for Environment – Ambient air quality criteria (Propene)
  Above the short-term health-based guidelines published by TCEQ.