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Minerals Council tells inquiry coal mines unfairly targeted by EPA - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 12 November 2014 - 6:07am
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."

10,000 want coal trains covered | The Maitland Mercury

Delicious feed - 12 November 2014 - 6:01am
“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.

Family lives with coal dust daily | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 7:02am
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.

Trains stir up coal dust, EPA tells hearing | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 6:44am
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.

EPA officials give evidence in parliamentary hearing in Newcastle

Delicious feed - 11 November 2014 - 6:35am
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.

Family lives with coal dust daily | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 10 November 2014 - 10:54pm
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.

Four Ways the Pacific Climate Warrior Coal Blockade Reshaped the Future | Aaron Packard

Delicious feed - 7 November 2014 - 1:50pm
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.

​100 BMA coal mine jobs to go at Crinum | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 7 November 2014 - 1:37pm
BMA will cut 100 positions from its Crinum mine as it ramps down longwall development ahead of schedule.

​BHP cuts jobs at Mt Arthur coal mine | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 4 November 2014 - 12:43pm
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

‘Coal exports a killer for thousands’, says ANU academic Elizabeth Hanna | The Australian

Delicious feed - 4 November 2014 - 9:48am
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.

End Coal | Myth 2: Coal is Clean

Delicious feed - 3 November 2014 - 9:41am
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.

Air pollution high around oil and gas wells in USA | Northern Star

Delicious feed - 2 November 2014 - 8:24am
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

Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped - NYTimes.com

Delicious feed - 1 November 2014 - 8:48pm
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)

Delicious feed - 30 October 2014 - 1:58pm
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

Emery County Progress - Rally for the coal industry: keep the lights on - October 28, 2014

Delicious feed - 29 October 2014 - 11:35pm
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.

Clean air, clean water and food three pillars of good health, say doctors

Delicious feed - 28 October 2014 - 7:45am
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

Osborne lists his top four priorities | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 24 October 2014 - 9:41am
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)

Delicious feed - 22 October 2014 - 8:15am
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.

Safe exposure levels to iron particles may not be that safe after all -%

Delicious feed - 19 October 2014 - 12:47pm
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

Health: Newcastle candidates have their say | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 17 October 2014 - 8:37pm
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.

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