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Nathan Tinkler fronts ICAC as Newcastle considers coal terminal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 1 September 2014 - 2:11pm
It's a momentous week at the Independent Commission Against Corruption as Nathan Tinkler gives evidence but, in Newcastle, new plans for a fourth coal terminal face renewed opposition during heated PAC hearings.

T4 hearing sets record for speakers | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 8:04pm
MORE than 130 individuals and groups are scheduled to address a two-day Planning Assessment Commission hearing on the T4 coal-loader, starting  tomorrow in Newcastle.

Newcastle coal port bidder accused of treating pollution limits as 'optional'

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 6:45pm
The main proponent of a major expansion of Newcastle's coal exports has breached its pollution licence conditions 75 times in the past three years, according to documents obtained by the Nature Conservation Council.

Environment group slams Port Waratah Coal Services for 75 breaches: poll | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 6:44pm
THE Nature Conservation Council has attacked Port Waratah Coal Services’  environmental track record on the eve of a public hearing into the T4 coal-loader proposal.

Alarming rise in deaths from air pollution

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 8:33am
Air pollution-related deaths in Australia have jumped by 69 per cent in five years while deaths in 20 other similar countries have declined, a report from Victoria's Auditor General has said. The Auditor General, John Doyle's report said there were 1483 deaths related to air pollution in 2012, a leap from 882 deaths in 2005

LETTER: Coal dust falling on balconies too | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 8:08am
AFTER reading the article in Monday’s Newcastle Herald regarding the hosting of dust gauges, we rang EPA, as we live on the boardwalk foreshore in Newcastle and obviously have a coal-dust issue (‘‘EPA seeks residents to host dust gauges’’ Herald 26/8). 

Health risk for Newcastle residents from new coal loader project - EDO NSW

Delicious feed - 31 August 2014 - 8:07am
EDO principal solicitor Sue Higginson said the Hunter Community Environment Centre, as a community objector, would have had a right of appeal to the Land and Environment Court, in the event the PAC approves T4. “However, when the Government asks the PAC to hold a public hearing in relation to a development, that right of appeal is lost,” Ms Higginson said.

OPINION: It is now or never for T4 - poll | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 30 August 2014 - 8:29pm
In what will be the largest public hearing on a planning decision yet staged in NSW, the commissioners will hear the evidence and testimony of more than 130 speakers, the vast majority of whom will speak against the proposal.

Dust readings prove pollution: protest group | Toowoomba Chronicle

Delicious feed - 30 August 2014 - 8:22pm
A GROUP opposed to the expansion of New Hope Group's Acland coal mine says elevated dust readings prove the company's loading facility is polluting the town of Jondaryan.

IAN KIRKWOOD: Airing loader opinions | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 29 August 2014 - 8:11am
The planning process for T4 was ‘‘triggered’’ a few years back when the collective demand from PWCS’s coal company customers topped the 145million tonnes that PWCS can move each year through its two existing Newcastle terminals. But demand has fallen so far short of expectation that PWCS shipped just 109million tonnes last year – and is likely to do about 112million tonnes this year – meaning it still has more than 30million tonnes a year of headroom, or more than 20per cent of its capacity, spare.

Residents tell T4 hearing of major health impacts living near coal port | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 28 August 2014 - 10:58pm
THE economic justification for the T4 coal-loader is based on unrealistic assumptions around the demand for coal shipped through Port Waratah Coal Services, the Australia Institute says.

Information on pollution breaches should be publicly available: NSW Opposition - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 28 August 2014 - 10:57pm
The NSW Opposition says documents revealing pollution breaches by Port Waratah Coal Services should have been publicly available. The NSW Nature Conservation Council says it has obtained documents under Freedom of Information laws which show the company exceeded pollution limits 75 times over 3 years at it two Newcastle coal terminals.

Big crowd for first day of T4 coal-loader hearings: photos | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 28 August 2014 - 8:47pm
MORE than 200 people have turned out at a Planning Assessment Commission hearing into the proposed T4 coal-loader.


Delicious feed - 26 August 2014 - 9:24pm
More than 20 different groups gathered to protest against the proposed fourth coal terminal today, as a Planning Assessment Commission hearing got underway.

Oregon Department of State Lands denies Ambre Energy coal terminal permit | OregonLive.com

Delicious feed - 22 August 2014 - 4:44am
Coal terminal opponents had pinned their hopes on the department's decision and celebrated it. "Oregonians today should be proud that our state stood up to protect salmon, fishing, and clean water over dirty coal," said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental group.

EPA Scientist: Tools That Let Everyone Measure Air Pollution Are a “Game-Changer” – Next City

Delicious feed - 15 August 2014 - 8:02am
The rumble of the train passing underfoot is a familiar sound to any New Yorker. But few realize that each time the train whizzes by, a plume of polluted air comes up through the street vents, causing a spike in fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, a contaminant associated with asthma, heart attacks and other health problems.

COLUMN-Australian coal miners running out of costs to cut: Russell | Reuters

Delicious feed - 14 August 2014 - 5:22pm
The Newcastle price has rallied recently from its year-low of $67.89 a tonne on July 25, but it's still down a massive 49 percent from its post-2008 recession peak of $136.30 in January 2011

EPA focus on reducing shipping emissions | NSW EPA

Delicious feed - 12 August 2014 - 1:32pm
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has started discussions with the shipping industry to reduce emissions from ships in the Greater Metropolitan Region. As a first step, the EPA met with key shipping representatives last week to explore the options for adopting world best practice in reducing emissions from cruise ships in Sydney Harbour.

ICAC: Baldwin took up coal-loader’s cause | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 11 August 2014 - 9:20am
FEDERAL Liberal MP for Paterson Bob Baldwin wrote a letter to his NSW government ministerial counterparts to “implore” them to back Nathan Tinkler’s “Hunter Ports” coal-loader proposal.


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