Ship operators who carry Australia's lucrative iron ore exports from Western Australia's Pilbara region have baulked at new charges aimed at solving nearby dust pollution problems.
From March 1, the Pilbara Ports Authority will impose a $13,450 levy on every major ship load of iron ore from the world's largest bulk export port at Port Hedland, 1,650km north of Perth.
The WA Government will use the money to compensate residents in up to 400 nearby dust-affected homes under a $200 million voluntary property buyback scheme negotiated with industry.
But Shipping Australia chief executive Melwyn Noronha said it was "fundamentally incorrect" the ship operators were being asked to pay to deal with the dust issue.
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