Right now, the NSW Government is reviewing the pollution licences for coal-fired power stations. The Eraring, Vales Point and Mt Piper power stations are some of the state’s biggest sources of air pollution. By installing readily available pollution controls, generators can reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and mercury by as much as 95%, preventing asthma, respiratory disease and premature death.
Recent studies show that the health of NSWNMA members and their communities has been affected over the last 40 years due to deadly air pollution coming from within a radius of 200 Kms from coal-fired power stations (Eraring and Vales Point on Lake Macquarie and Mt Piper in Lithgow), and we could still be at risk.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is currently reviewing these power stations and their licences.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Please take part in the brief, one page submission on the Environmental Justice Australia site (EJA) website by clicking on this link.
It is important we tell the NSW EPA that we want clean air and devices fitted to these power stations that will improve our air quality by 85-90%.
If you live within close proximity to these power stations, please come along to meetings at the following venues at 6.30pm at the five locations below:
- Glebe Town Hall, Sydney, Wednesday 21st November,
- Club Macquarie, Lake Macquarie, Thursday 22nd November,
- Newcastle Town Hall, Newcastle, Monday 26th November,
- Uniting Church Parish Hall, Lithgow, Wednesday 28th November, and
- Wyee Community Hall, Central Coast, Thursday 29th November.
This is an important opportunity to help clear up the toxic air we are now breathing! Please urgently send a submission before 5pm Friday 30 November. Let’s make sure Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Energy Minister Don Harwin do all they can to control air pollution. Take action here.