The issue

Almost 5000 Australians die from exposure to air pollution each year. Thousands of others suffer health effects like stroke, heart disease and asthma.

Australia’s current air pollution standards are not strong enough to protect human health. National air pollution limits currently exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommended thresholds and by international comparison, lag significantly. Much stricter standards have been adopted in most other countries, including the US, EU, and China.

Coal-fired power stations are a big contributor to air pollution in Australia and the biggest sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the country.

We know that at least 279 people die prematurely each year in NSW as a result of toxic air pollution from the state’s five coal-fired power stations. The health impacts also include 233 babies born with reduced birthweight, 361 people developing type 2 diabetes and 2,614 years of life lost each year due to uncontrolled air pollution from NSW power stations. The research has not yet been done – but the national number is likely to be extremely concerning.

Communities are also at risk from coal ash – the toxic by-product of coal-fired power, that is dumped into huge wastewater ponds that can leach and contaminate local land and waterways.

Our laws fail to address problems in pollution hotspots – like the Latrobe Valley, the Hunter Valley and the NSW Central Coast – where coal mines and coal-fired power stations, often exceed the limits for pollution.

Australia needs stronger laws and regulations on pollution from coal-fired power to protect our health.

Here at EJA, we aim to make sure polluters reduce and control their toxic pollution as much as possible. We work with community groups, experts and advocates to achieve laws and regulation that reduce pollution levels and safeguard clean air, water and land.

Stand with young Australians calling for climate justice

October 25, 2021

New South Wales Clean Air Bill

May 31, 2021

The People’s Clean Air Action Plan

February 15, 2021


In the media

Air PollutionEnergy TransitionMedia releases
October 11, 2021

AGL’s Bayswater Power Station breached licence more than 50 times in two months

MEDIA RELEASE  AGL’s Bayswater Power Station, in the NSW Hunter Valley, has exceeded air pollution limits more than 50 times in two months and is among three power stations in the state which failed to comply with air and water…
Air PollutionMedia releases
August 5, 2021

Waste not, want not – communities call for NSW Government to deliver on coal-ash pollution, ahead of govt response to coal-ash Inquiry

MEDIA RELEASE Community groups who fear the New South Wales coal ash Inquiry will be a wasted opportunity if the government doesn’t act to implement its advice, want four key recommendations adopted they say will protect health and environment and create job opportunities…
Air PollutionReports
August 5, 2021

Waste not, want not: Opportunities for the NSW Government to deliver for communities impacted by coal ash

Coal-burning power stations in NSW generate approximately 4.8–5.5 million tonnes of coal ash annually - a residual waste produced from coal-burning power that makes up one fifth of Australia's industrial…
Air PollutionMedia releases
April 6, 2021

National Pollutant Inventory: 5-year audit shows little change to coal-fired power station pollution, while 4000 people die prematurely from exposure

MEDIA RELEASE National Pollutant Inventory: 5-year audit shows little change to coal-fired power station pollution, while 4000 people die prematurely from exposure  A five-year audit of Australia’s most comprehensive pollution data highlights inaction on toxic air pollution from coal-fired power stations, despite an estimated 4000 premature deaths from exposure. …