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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In April 2021, state and federal environment ministers finally met to revise Australia’s outdated national air pollution standards.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...

An update on the NSW coal ash inquiry

An update on the NSW coal ash inquiry

The last round of hearings for the NSW coal ash inquiry happened on 16 October, with the Committee hearing from both the NSW EPA and Dams Safety NSW after EJA suggested they be called to provide evidence. Earlier in October the Committee travelled to Lake Macquarie...

Health costs of coal-burning power

Health costs of coal-burning power

In August, we released new research by a team of volunteers from the Actuaries Institute of Australia, which calculates the economic cost of the health impacts of coal-burning power stations at an annual health bill of $2.4 billion. This shocking research follows a...

Another air pollution wake up call

Another air pollution wake up call

Air pollution from coal-fired power stations is impacting our health from birth to death.  Everyone should be able to breathe clean air. But a new report published this week shows that more than 2 million Australians are exposed to unhealthy levels of...

Delays to the Environment Protection Act in Victoria

Delays to the Environment Protection Act in Victoria

Together with other community groups, we have been urging the Victorian government to immediately revoke the delay of the Environment Protection Act 2018.  In April, the Victorian Parliament passed the Covid-19 Omnibus (Emergency measures) Act 2020 (the...

Bayswater ash dam set for expansion

Bayswater ash dam set for expansion

Yet another coal-fired power station in NSW is proposing to expand its coal ash dam. AGL Macquarie Pty Ltd is proposing to expand its coal ash dam at the Bayswater power station, upgrade its infrastructure and build a new landfill for salt cake generated at the site. ...

EJA appears before the NSW air pollution inquiry

EJA appears before the NSW air pollution inquiry

On Friday 12 June 2020, 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. They were asked to present as witnesses on the strength of EJA’s...

An update on our NPI legal complaints

An update on our NPI legal complaints

In April we released our analysis of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) data that revealed a serious health threat from huge increases in toxic pollution at Vales Point and Yallourn power stations.   You and hundreds of other community members added your name to...

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