We’ve crunched the numbers on the latest National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) data drop and some of the findings are alarming.
In fact, many coal-fired power stations in NSW are pumping out more pollution than ever before, despite many of them generating less electricity!
Vales Point and Liddell power stations both recorded substantial increases in particulate pollution – one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution.
Mercury pollution also sharply increased at Bayswater, Eraring, Vales Point and Mount Piper power stations. Mercury is a highly toxic pollutant that accumulates in both the environment and in living organisms. Any release of mercury is significant.
These pollution increases may indicate that the operators of the power stations (including AGL, Delta Electricity, Origin Energy and Energy Australia) are failing to operate and/or maintain the power stations in a proper and efficient condition and manner and in a way that that minimises the risk the stations pose to communities and the environment.
There is no safe level of exposure to air pollution. As members of the NSW community, we deserve to know what is causing these substantial increases in dangerous pollutants entering the air we breathe.
That’s why we’re calling on the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to immediately investigate our findings from the NPI.
Will you stand with us and the NSW community by adding your name to our open letter?