ATA Melbourne branch meeting - Toxic and Terminal - the health legacy of coalMay 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm
When: Wednesday 16 May, 2018, 6.45 for 7:00pm.
Where: Level 1, 187 Grattan St, Energy Transition Hub, Melbourne University, Carlton VIC 3053. Click here for a Google map of the venue and here for a Melbourne University Parkville Campus map to the venue.
Please note: this meeting space is upstairs, so it isn’t wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free. (A gold coin donation would be appreciated to offset costs.)
Public transport: Trams along Swanston St to 'Melbourne University/Swanston St' Stop #1 (Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) or Bus 402 to Stop#51572 'Melbourne University/Grattan St (Carlton)'. Walk to corner of Grattan St and Bouviere St.
Environmental Justice Australia’s report Toxic and Terminal: How the regulation of coal-fired power stations fails Australian communities is the result of exhaustive research, Freedom of Information searches, surveillance of 10 major power stations on Australia’s east coast, and advice from health experts and industry whistle-blowers. Prepared by lawyers and air pollution experts, this report finds:
- Coal-fired power stations emit more than 30 toxic substances and are Australia’s biggest source of fine particles (PM2.5), sulphur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen.
- These substances cause and contribute to a range of health impacts including asthma, lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, and respiratory disease in nearby communities.
- In most cases emissions limits in Australia are much more lax than those in the US, EU and China.
- Mercury limits for some NSW power stations are 666 times higher than the US limits.
- Pollution reduction technologies that have been available for many years and are used overseas could significantly reduce power station emissions but are not in use in Australia.
- New coal-fired power stations, even those described as ‘ultra-supercritical’ or ‘HELE’ (high efficiency, low emission) only marginally reduce toxic emissions.
- Despite much evidence of failure to comply with pollution licence conditions, no power station in Victoria, NSW or Queensland has been prosecuted for any offence in the past ten years. Instead, they have been issued with inadequate penalty notices.
Bronya Lipski, co-author of Toxic and Terminal will explain the key findings of the report and run through how you can have your say on the EPA Victoria’s current review of the licences for Victoria’s power station licences.
Tim Eaton will speak on EPA’s regulation of power station emissions and the National Pollution Inventory (NPI)
Bronya Lipski is a solicitor with Environmental Justice Australia. EJA is a not-for-profit environmental legal practise specialising in public interest environmental law and advocacy. Bronya’s work with EJA focuses on air pollution law reform in Victoria, NSW, QLD, and at the federal level. She grew up in the Latrobe Valley under the shadow of the brown coal-fired power stations and has seen first-hand the harmful effects of power station pollution on both human and environmental health.
Tim Eaton is EPA Executive Director (Assessments).
* We recognise and appreciate the assistance of the University of Melbourne Energy Transition Hub in hosting this event.
You can download Tim's presentation here.
Robin Gardner, Melbourne branch committee.