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Latrobe Valley Community Forum with coal ash expert Lisa Evans
February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Will you join us in Morwell for a community forum to hear from U.S. coal ash expert, Lisa Evans?
In July last year, we released shocking new research that reveals communities like the Latrobe Valley are at serious risk from poorly managed coal ash waste – the toxic by-product of coal-fired power that accounts for nearly one-fifth of Australia’s industrial waste stream.
This February, we’ll be visiting affected communities on Australia’s east coast for a series of community forums with Lisa Evans, a senior lawyer from our counterpart in the US, Earthjustice, and an expert in coal ash.
We’ll be discussing how coal ash is being stored, managed and rehabilitated in the Latrobe Valley now compared with how it should be, what risks coal ash poses to communities and the environment, and how coal ash can be reused and the economic and employment opportunities that could create.
Come along to learn about the coal ash problem and how we can build solutions and benefits for the Latrobe Valley.
Lisa is an attorney specialising in hazardous waste law and advocacy. She began her legal career as an Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is an expert on coal ash issues who has testified before United States Congress and before the U.S. National Academies of Science. Since 2006, Lisa has been a senior administrative counsel for Earthjustice, a non-profit organisation providing advice and representation on environmental law.
Since we released our report, Unearthing Australia’s Toxic Coal Ash Legacy, we have been engaging with state and local governments in NSW, Victoria and Queensland to establish best-practice standards for the management and remediation of coal ash dumps and to ensure adequate funds are available for rehabilitation post-closure.