In May 2021, Abigail Boyd from the NSW Greens introduced the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Clean Air) Bill 2021 to NSW Parliament. The Clean Air Bill proposes to amend the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to introduce tougher standards for concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particle pollution (PM) and mercury emissions from coal fired power stations.
It presents a crucial opportunity for law reform and if adopted, it would stop coal-fired power stations emitting dangerous levels of air pollutants. This could significantly reduce the health impacts experienced by communities exposed to air pollution.
Further information about the Clean Air Bill including the second reading speech, which specifically mentions work undertaken by EJA and our allies, can be found here.