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Reflections on the #CoalPollutionCase

Reflections on the #CoalPollutionCase

Reflections on the Coal Pollution Case from Senior Lawyer Charley Brumby-Rendell. Last week, I sat in the Supreme Court for three long days, alongside our small but mighty legal team and client. Before the judge’s vast, carved wooden bench, we made our arguments – for...

The #CoalPollutionCase: Challenging coal pollution limits in court

The #CoalPollutionCase: Challenging coal pollution limits in court

During October 2022 our client, Environment Victoria, went to the Supreme Court against the EPA and three of Australia’s biggest energy companies. This landmark case was the first test of Victoria’s key climate change legislation, the Climate Change Act 2017, and the...

Setting the standards for mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley

Setting the standards for mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley

Communities in the Latrobe Valley have powered our homes, offices, and schools across Victoria for decades.  As coal mines close, mining operators need to be held responsible for cleaning up their mess, to ensure that the Latrobe Valley community aren’t stuck with the...

Gippsland Lakes is in dire straits and needs new management and policy

Gippsland Lakes is in dire straits and needs new management and policy

The future health of Gippsland Lakes, an internationally recognised Ramsar wetland, lies firmly in the hands of the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, writes senior EJA lawyer Ellen Maybery. As a Party to the Ramsar Convention, Australia has a responsibility to...

An update on the fight for clean air in NSW

An update on the fight for clean air in NSW

 By Jocelyn McGarity, Clean Air LawyerIt’s been a busy few months fighting for clean air to protect community health across NSW and I want to share an update on some of the crucial moments EJA has been involved in lately.  We scrutinised the National Pollutant...

Have your say on NSW Clean Air Regulation

Have your say on NSW Clean Air Regulation

The NSW EPA is accepting submissions now on a proposed law which will determine clean air regulations for big polluters in the years ahead. Air pollution is a serious issue in NSW that causes hundreds of avoidable deaths and cases of childhood asthma every year.  Yet...

Analysing the latest data from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

Analysing the latest data from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is Australia's annual report on toxic pollution.  Their latest data (2020-21) has just been released, and our team has analysed the trends.    Notably, our analysis shows AGL’s power stations across NSW and Victoria reported...

Yallourn mine situation demands inquiry

Yallourn mine situation demands inquiry

Two weeks ago, Victoria’s Energy Minister stood in front of TV cameras and declared a state-wide ‘energy emergency’. Recent heavy storms had pelted the Latrobe Valley and we were told floodwaters could cause the walls of the Morwell River Diversion, that runs through...

Revision of National Air Pollution Standards

Revision of National Air Pollution Standards

In April 2021, state and federal environment ministers finally met to revise Australia’s outdated national air pollution standards. The decision, delayed two years, comes after a lengthy ten-year process including a review of air pollution standards, a proposal for a...

Delivering The People’s Clean Air Action Plan to Vic Parliament

Delivering The People’s Clean Air Action Plan to Vic Parliament

Health experts, campaigners and community members gathered on the steps of Parliament to deliver a copy of The People’s Clean Air Action Plan to Vic Health Minister Martin Foley. We heard from a range of speakers, including: A/Prof Lou Irving, who spoke about the...

Coal pollution updates for Victoria

Coal pollution updates for Victoria

Between the results of the Victorian EPA’s power station licence review, the announcement of Yallourn’s early closure, and the call for submissions to the health impacts of air pollution inquiry, a lot has been going on in the VIC coal pollution space. Here’s the low...

NSW Clean Air Strategy

NSW Clean Air Strategy

After five years in the making, the NSW government has released a draft Clean Air Strategy that fails to do anything to reduce pollution.   Instead of providing a strategy with firm commitments and measurable deadlines to protect the community from toxic air...

NSW Coal Ash Inquiry recommendations

NSW Coal Ash Inquiry recommendations

The NSW Public Works Committee released its report and recommendations to conclude its Inquiry into Costs for Remediation of Sites Containing Coal ash Repositories. The need for such an Inquiry was recommended by EJA in our report Unearthing Australia’s Toxic Coal Ash...

Vales Point Power Station emissions exemption

Vales Point Power Station emissions exemption

Vales Point Power Station, jointly owned by Trevor St Baker and Brian Flannery and operated by Delta Electricity, has been exempt from the more stringent 'Group 5’ oxides of nitrogen (NOx) concentration emissions standards prescribed under the Protection of...

NSW Air Quality Inquiry

NSW Air Quality Inquiry

Back in June, EJA Clean Air Campaigner Maxwell Smith and EJA lawyer Bronya Lipski presented expert evidence to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the health impacts of air pollution in NSW. Significantly, Max and Bronya’s appearance came the same week that The...

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