The figures are out and once again it’s clear that coal-fired power is bad for our health.
According to the National Pollutant Inventory, Delta Electricity reported that Vales Point power station increased dangerous PM2.5 pollution by an extraordinary 181 percent percent on the previous reporting year and a extraordinary 3000 percent over 6 years.
Communities on the New South Wales Central Coast are being exposed to toxic particle pollution that can cause serious illnesses like asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.
The people in charge of protecting our health from pollution – the EPA – must hold operators accountable.
Together with Doctors for the Environment, Lung Foundation Australia, Asthma Australia, Healthy Futures, Lake Macquarie & Central Coast Coal Ash Alliance, Keep Lake Macquarie Clean, Nature Conservation Council NSW, Australian Conservation Foundation, and Greenpeace, we’ve lodged a legal complaint with the NSW EPA calling for an investigation into the shocking increases in toxic fine particle PM2.5 pollution from Vales Point power station.
Join the call and demand the EPA makes Vales Point power station clean up its act.
The amount of toxic air pollution pumped out by Australia’s fleet of ageing coal-fired generators would be illegal in most other countries.
This toxic industry has not moved to control and reduce air pollution, despite technologies being readily available and the EPA hasn’t made them.
When 279 people die prematurely each year in NSW as a result of toxic air pollution from coal-fired power stations and coal-fired power stations are responsible for an annual health bill of $2.6 billion, we must speak out.
Together, let’s make sure coal-fired power stations clean up its act.
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