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Performance of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (Inquiry) - NSW Parliament

Delicious feed - 15 February 2015 - 8:36am
This inquiry is a current Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5.   This inquiry was established on 19 June 2014, to report on the performance of the NSW Environment Protection Authority by measuring its recent performance against its objectives

Inquiry calls for coal dust examination | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 15 February 2015 - 8:36am
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry has recommended the state’s Chief Scientist examine the Environment Protection Authority’s air-quality monitoring and strategies for dealing with coal dust in the Hunter and report back on any shortcomings. 

Earth Talk: Parents fighting for environment | McClatchy Tribune News Service | The Bellingham Herald

Delicious feed - 11 February 2015 - 10:36pm
Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) is a community of 400,000-plus parents working to combat air pollution and respond to the climate change crisis. The fast-growing non-profit leverages the power of citizen activism and social media to help raise awareness of the need for stricter laws regulating air pollution.

ARTC gearing up for increased coal haulage through Newcastle port - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 11 February 2015 - 1:11pm
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is expecting coal haulage to the Port of Newcastle to continue to increase this year despite the state of the industry. Coal exports of 158 million tonnes left the port last year,

Moms Clean Air Force: Naptime activists unite! - Augusta Free Press : Augusta Free Press

Delicious feed - 10 February 2015 - 12:30pm
Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) is a community of 400,000+ parents working to combat air pollution and respond to the climate change crisis. The fast-growing non-profit leverages the power of citizen activism and social media to help raise awareness of the need for stricter laws regulating air pollution.

Greens plan to end all coal mining in NSW | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 9 February 2015 - 3:20pm
The NSW Greens want to end all coal mining in the state and create a new economic model by focusing on renewable energy. Under the policy, The Greens would tax mining companies an extra $250 million a year and invest the money into other industries it says are more sustainable.

AM - Data suggests 11 deaths linked to Hazelwood mine fire 13/09/2014

Delicious feed - 8 February 2015 - 9:02am
ADRIAN BARNETT: They were extremely high levels; they're the sorts of levels that you get in industrial cities in China. And those people were at those levels or near about for two months. So you're kind of getting the exposure that you possibly would have got over five, ten years, crammed into two months.

Coal jobs in a hole | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 7 February 2015 - 8:09pm
NSW COAL production jobs have fallen below 20,000 for the first time since late 2010, industry figures show, as the Hunter official unemployment rate remains higher than the state average in a reversal of fortunes from only two years ago.

Coal employment fallen in the Hunter | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 6 February 2015 - 10:02pm
Unemployment has jumped in the Hunter Valley, with new industry figures showing NSW coal production jobs have fallen below 20,000 for the first time since 2010. NSW Coal Services have said the number of full-time production now number 19,800, after the peak of 24,400 in April 2012. Figures show there were 10,800 coal jobs in the Hunter valley in December 2014

Parties state their position on covering coal wagons | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 5 February 2015 - 11:34pm
Eighty-eight community groups from across the state  endorsed a petition last year that called for the introduction of physically covered wagons. Labor is yet to form a firm position on covered coal wagons.

Edmonton air pollution must be reduced, provincial report says

Delicious feed - 5 February 2015 - 7:56am
The biggest source of particulate matter pollution in the Edmonton area are the coal plants west of the city at Wabamun and Genesee, he said. Particulate matter is created directly by burning fuel, but is also created by a chemical reaction in the atmosphere, most notably with nitrogen oxide, also emitted by power plants, he said.

Campaign to reduce dust from mine vehicles successful: EPA - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delicious feed - 4 February 2015 - 1:06am
"We're actually seeing mines now are all over the 80 per cent control efficiency for wheel generated dust and some are in the high 90 per cent in terms of controlling dust from that source," he said.

Residents remain sceptical on mine | Newcastle Herald

Delicious feed - 4 February 2015 - 1:02am
In a draft report to the Department of Planning – in which it acknowledged information given to landowners  affected by mining in the Upper Hunter and who want to sell had been confusing and ambiguous – the commission said changes to voluntary acquisition rules should be made before the extension to the Muswellbrook mine was approved. If landowners are judged to be adversely affected by a mining operation, they have the choice to sell to the mine. But sceptical residents who have been battling three mining companies that have so far refused to buy their properties said in response: ‘‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’’

Bengalla to keep mining for 24 years after PAC approval | Mining Australia

Delicious feed - 3 February 2015 - 1:43pm
Rio Tinto’s Bengalla mine has been granted approval by the Planning Assessment Commission. The miner had applied to extend the mining lease at Bengalla beyond 2017 for a further 24 years. This will allow the extraction of 316 million tonnes of coal over the project’s life time, or 15 million tonnes of coal per year.

End Coal | Chao Los Robles: Chilean Citizens Movement Celebrates Coal Plant Victory

Delicious feed - 30 January 2015 - 5:21pm
Communities living along central Chile’s scenic Maule coast are celebrating the collapse of the proposal to build the Los Robles coal-fired power plant. On January 26 the permit authorising construction of the plant expired, effectively cancelling the project. Under Chilean law, companies have five years from the date of approval of the environmental impact assessment to commence construction on a project. As AES Gener, a subsidiary of giant US independent power producer AES, had failed to commence construction on the project, their right to develop it has expired.

Letter to the Prime Minister 16-10-14 | Healthy Planet, Healthy People | DEA

Delicious feed - 28 January 2015 - 12:04pm
Dear Prime Minister,  We are writing to strongly reject your statements made on Monday 13 October regarding coal mining. There is no justification for the pronouncement that “coal is good for humanity”. It is in direct contradiction to all the available public health evidence. 

Greece: Syriza juggles coal, pipelines and climate ambitions | Environment | The Guardian

Delicious feed - 28 January 2015 - 11:39am
Syriza may be eco-friendly on renewables, energy efficiency and decentralised energy production but it faces internal tensions over plans for new coal plants and, potentially, the world biggest gas pipeline

Second opinion? Doctors' coal concerns rebuked by Abbott Govt | Business Spectator

Delicious feed - 27 January 2015 - 6:01pm
Got a concern about coal’s effect on human health and climate? Nick off. That’s pretty much how Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office responded to a letter from a group of doctors pointing out that Abbott’s assertion that coal was good for humanity was contrary to public health evidence

Michael Caton joins Clean Air Qld in coal train cover push | Toowoomba Chronicle

Delicious feed - 25 January 2015 - 2:35pm
Mr Caton, who helped launch the campaign, said the fact that coal trains were not covered already was "bloody minded". "They've already got the carriages they use for grain, same as the coal, and they could really easily put lids on them," he said. "Why on earth wouldn't you? They're just being bloody minded and they're treating people like sh**".

Turbines may well blow an ill wind over locals, ‘first’ study shows | Wind Energy News

Delicious feed - 23 January 2015 - 9:10am
People living near wind farms face a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise generated by turbines, a groundbreaking study has found. The study by acoustics expert Steven Cooper is the first in the world in which a wind turbine ­operator had fully co-operated and turned wind turbines off completely during the testing.


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