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Lake Macquarie Public Forum: ‘Health impacts of coal-fired power stations in NSW’
November 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coal-fired power stations are one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Australia, causing asthma and other respiratory problems, reduced birthweight, diabetes and premature death. Community health is impacted in communities near power stations and up to 200km away. Air pollution is poorly controlled in NSW.
Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) recently commissioned a report into the health impacts of air pollution from NSW power stations. It is the first report of its kind in Australia. The findings of the report will be delivered by the author Dr Ben Ewald, an epidemiologist and air pollution expert.
This public forum comes at an important time. The pollution licenses for a number of NSW coal-fired power stations are currently under review by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency. Best practice pollution controls to reduce toxic pollution by up to 95% are required for most power stations in other countries and could be installed here.
Co-hosts: Environmental Justice Australia, Hunter Community Environment Centre and Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Supported by: Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Dr Ben Ewald
Dr Ben Ewald is a GP in Newcastle and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr Ewald teaches in the epidemiology Masters program at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle and coordinates the communicable disease epidemiology and research protocol design subjects as well as teaching in the undergraduate medical course. He has a role in public health advocacy on issues of physical activity and health, and interpreting scholarship on environmental risks to health.
Dr James Whelan, Environmental Justice Australia
Dr James Whelan is a researcher for Environmental Justice Australia. He has been a researcher and public interest advocate for air pollution control for more than 20 years. He contributed to the development of Australia’s first national air pollution standards and the National Pollutant Inventory and has been a member of advisory groups overseeing air pollution control strategies and regulation in NSW and Queensland.
Dr John Van Der Kallen, Doctors for the Environment Australia