Stopping a new coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley

EJA lawyers, representing Environment Victoria and Locals Into Victoria’s Environment, blocked a coal-fired power station proposed for the Latrobe Valley. 

The “once in a decade case” in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal challenged HRL Dual Gas’ application to build a 600MW brown-coal fired power station.  

The case resulted in findings that meant climate change must be considered when the Victorian government makes decisions about big carbon polluting proposals  

While VCAT’s decision, handed down in March 2012, was disappointing and found in favour of HRL Dual Gas could to allow the project, it also required the operator to install pollution controls, a condition imposed by our client.  

Although VCAT ultimately allowed the permit for the power station, the conditions we secured for the approval meant that the new coal fired power station did not proceed. 

 

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Dual Gas HRL decision: what VCAT said and what we think about it

On 29 March 2012, VCAT handed down its decision on whether Dual Gas should be allowed to go ahead with a new brown-coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley.

VCAT’s decision was disappointing: it disagreed with environment groups and the Environment Protection Authority, and gave approval for Dual Gas to go ahead with a new 600 MW brown-coal fired power station.

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