Nathan Tinkler fronts ICAC as Newcastle considers coal terminal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
MORE than 200 people have turned out at a Planning Assessment Commission hearing into the proposed T4 coal-loader.
More than 20 different groups gathered to protest against the proposed fourth coal terminal today, as a Planning Assessment Commission hearing got underway.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.