Each year, the five coal-fired power stations in NSW cause 279 premature deaths, 233 low birth-weight babies and 361 new cases of type 2 diabetes.
Toxic air pollution from coal-fired power stations is hurting communities from Newcastle, Lithgow, Central Coast and the Hunter Valley, all the way to Sydney.
If the NSW government doesn’t act now, thousands more people will die from exposure to toxic coal pollution before the state’s five power stations close. And thousands more will suffer from heart attacks, stroke, asthma attacks, low birth weight, lung cancer and type 2 diabetes.
The health burden of coal-fired power stations on our communities is shocking and entirely preventable. The companies that own these power stations have the technology to reduce toxic pollutants from coal-fired power stations by up to 98% – they just don’t bother to install it and the government doesn’t make them.
Right now, power station licences are being reviewed in NSW. We’re calling on the NSW Government to use this opportunity to make these companies clean up their act.
Will you send a quick submission before 5pm Friday 30 November to NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Energy Minister Don Harwin to tell them to stop toxic coal pollution from harming our communities?