Minerals Council tells inquiry coal mines unfairly targeted by EPA - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
CEO Barry Buffier said the trains themselves may pose an environmental challenge, but there is no evidence of increased health risk if the wagons are loaded and uncovered."There is no statistical difference between the level of particulate matter associated with loaded and unloaded coal trains and other freight trains," he said. "There was a significant statistical increase in particulate, compared with background levels, of about 10 per cent and suggested a high correlation with the use of diesel fuel by the locomotives."
“NSW Labor called for independent research on Hunter coal dust pollution last year and this petition supports the ongoing concern of Hunter residents that particle pollution from coal wagons is causing serious health problems,” Ms Hornery said.
BARELY a day passes when Tighes Hill resident Tess Lieberman doesn't wipe the coal dust off the table on her rear porch."It's a lot worse now than it used to be," said Ms Lieberman, who moved to the suburb eight years ago.
But if the minerals council thought the EPA was being too hard on coal, the community activist members of the coal terminal action group argued it was far too soft. John Mackenzie, James Whelan and Nick Higginbotham attacked the EPA over a coal train dust study that had most of its conclusions changed - including three that were reversed - in the days before its release in May last year.
But if the minerals council thought the EPA was being too hard on coal, the community activist members of the coal terminal action group argued it was far too soft. John Mackenzie, James Whelan and Nick Higginbotham attacked the EPA over a coal train dust study that had most of its conclusions changed – including three that were reversed – in the days before its release in May last year.
BARELY a day passes when Tighes Hill resident Tess Lieberman doesn't wipe the coal dust off the table on her rear porch. "It's a lot worse now than it used to be," said Ms Lieberman, who moved to the suburb eight years ago.
For a day the narrow channel of the world's largest coal port, the Port of Newcastle in Australia, became a nonviolent but intensely contested battlefield. On that day, October 17, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different nations paddled out in hand carved traditional canoes, followed by hundreds of Australians in kayaks to confront the gigantic coal ships that pass through the channel. They were met head on not only by the ships, but also by an aggressive police force on the water who were determined to let the coal ships through.
BMA will cut 100 positions from its Crinum mine as it ramps down longwall development ahead of schedule.
BHP has announced a new round of cuts at its Mt Arthur coal mine in the Hunter Valley. Around 150 positions will go from the site by the end of February next year.According to the miner it comes after a review of the operations. BHP’s NSW coal head Peter Sharpe explained that the changes are being carried out in an effort to ‘reset the operation’s cost base
TONY Abbott’s declaration that coal is good for humanity has been attacked by Australian National University academic Elizabeth Hanna, who warns thousands of people will be sentenced to death if Australia keeps exporting it.
Pollution controls can remove sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides, PM2.5 and mercury from the smokestacks. However, installing these pollution controls can add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new coal plant, making them more expensive than other renewable options, and discouraging their adoption. Today many countries continue to build new coal plants and run existing coal plants without modern pollution controls, seriously affecting the health of their citizens.
a local GP well known to the Tara community, Dr Geralyn McCarron, conducted a survey of 38 households, comprising 113 residents, documenting numerous self-reports of respiratory, skin, gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as dizziness, nosebleeds and eye irritation. "Symptoms potentially related to neurotoxic exposures included fatigue, headaches, numbness and paraesthesia (feelings of tingling, burning, or pins and needles
company executives, Mr. Berman said in his speech, must be willing to exploit emotions like fear, greed and anger and turn them against the environmental groups. And major corporations secretly financing such a campaign should not worry about offending the general public because “you can either win ugly or lose pretty,”
Northconnex: 200 doctors warn public on particulate dispersal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A $3 billion tunnel promises to get trucks off the main northbound artery out of Sydney, but a group of more than 200 doctors are questioning whether exhaust stacks can deliver better air quality. Editor's Note (Tuesday 9 September): Clarification - the story contained a reference to a 38 per cent reduction in air pollution that specifically refers to the Pennant Hills Road corridor and not Sydney wide figures. Details on this modelling is found on page 29 in the project's Overview found at: http://www.northconnex.com.au/key_documents.php
Booth said everyone showing up at the rally was good and it will help bring people over to our side. He said Commissioner James Nelson from Emery County reminded him behind every light switch is a coal miner. He encouraged everyone to learn as much as they could so when people ask questions or present the coal industry negatively, you can challenge them with confidence. Booth said young people in particular need to be educated because in college all they hear is the negative about fossil fuels.
What are the costs that the Government is ignoring? From the US Environmental Protection Agency's review of America's Clean Air Act we know that that every dollar spent on cleaner air can produce $30 in health benefits. From the work of economist William Nordhaus in the US we know that the economic costs of health and environmental harms arising from coal fired power stations outweigh the value provided by as much as 5.6 times
Secondly, he’d introduce a ‘Clear the Air Hunter Bill’ which will require particulate pollution from coal works, including coal trains, to be subject to a load-based licence. The bill would provide a financial incentive for coal companies to cover coal wagons and stockpiles, he said.
EPA offers Upper Spencer Gulf air quality assurances - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has moved to reassure cities in the Upper Spencer Gulf they are protected under a strict air quality regime. The EPA has responded to comments from Doctors for the Environment Australia, which last week called for tougher air pollution regulations to protect smaller industrial communities.
Traces of iron that are breathed in along with other particulate matter may not be as harmless to lung function as previously thought, according to research involving the University of Western Australia
The problems with coal dust pollution which causes severe allergies such as asthma needs to be addressed, and this can be done by covering all coal wagons at all times and ensuring the dump site at the port is enclosed by a large tent. This will stop dust particles floating towards Newcastle, as can be seen on most mornings with coal dust residue lying around at Honeysuckle wharf, and on buildings.