Some residents living near Australia’s remaining brown coal-fired power stations believe dangerous levels of emissions are causing sickness and even premature death — while environmentalists allege Australia has lax standards compared to the US, Europe and even China.
But now they say there’s a unique opportunity to catch up, with two states reviewing licenses with a view to tightening the cap on emissions that emanate from their remaining coal-fired power stations.
One is a landmark review of Victoria’s Latrobe Valley power station licenses, and the other involves an existing New South Wales pollution scheme.
However, advocates for the power stations warn sudden changes could push operators offshore.
This radio current affairs story by Annie Guest features the voices of Wendy Farmer (Voices of the Valley), EJA’s Nicola Rivers, US air quality expert Dr Ranajit Sahu and Mary Aldred from the Committee for Gippsland.
First broadcast on ABC Radio National Breakfast on 27 February 2018