Environmental Justice Australia

Environmental Justice Australia are nature’s lawyers. We use the law to protect our environment, and we work to change our laws to make sure they protect the right of all Australians to clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems.

Dramatic rise reported in CQ coal dust emissions

NEW figures released by the National Pollutant Inventory for 2014-15 show a dramatic rise in particle emissions from Central Queensland coal mines over the past five years. Analysis performed by the Clean Air Action Network shows that the Dawson mines, which are ranked fourth nationally out of more than 100...

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National Pollutant Inventory Recap

On Friday April 15th, we were taken by surprise at the abrupt release of this year’s NPI data. We had expected the release a few weeks earlier but unexplained delays left us uncertain about when it would be made available. Immediately, we jumped into action and spent the weekend finding...

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Air pollution increases 69 per cent as coal named top polluter

Air quality across Australia has deteriorated to alarming levels with the coal industry the nation's worst polluter, new data has shown.  The most concerning rise in air pollution is from PM10, a coarse pollution particle about the width of a human hair. Nationally, total PM10 emissions have increased 69 per cent in one year, and 194 per...

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Latest national air pollution data shows dangerous hikes in emissions

Just released annual air pollution data shows yet another hike in air pollution across Australia, with the coal industry the top contributor, indicating a failure of federal and state regulation which is creating a significant burden for community health and costing taxpayers an estimated $11-24.3 billion each year, according to...

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Air quality should be a federal issue

An environmental group is pushing for the control of air-monitoring and the related data to be removed from the State Government's responsibilities. It follows Monday's public meeting held by law firm Environmental Justice Australia in Brisbane on air quality which had a particular focus on Central Queensland and the lack...

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Coal dust pollution in the spotlight at public meeting

The health and environmental impacts of coal dust from uncovered coal trains will be the focus of a public meeting this week in Brisbane. For months legal and health experts have been calling on the State Government to step up its approach to tackling air pollution, in particular pollution from...

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Air pollution in South East Queensland triggers public meeting; calls for expanded monitoring network and data access

The public meeting has been convened following a trebling of particle pollution from coal mining during the last 10 years and calls for an expansion of Queensland’s air pollution monitoring network. “There is no EPA monitoring in the entire Central Queensland coalfields – a region of more than one million...

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Meeting with the NSW Environment Minister's People

Background

The meeting follows a critical moment in our campaign for stronger laws around air pollution – the decision of national environment ministers to agree to new ambient air quality standards (for PM10 and PM2.5) and a new Clean Air Agreement to govern further national effort on air pollution.  Minister...

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Hazelwood mine fire report: health recommendations welcome but prevention is better than cure

This part of the Inquiry looked at “short, medium and long term measures to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley communities having regard to any health impacts identified by the Board as being associated with the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire”. “The Inquiry found that it was likely that there...

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Dust up over Hunter air quality data

Hunter environment groups have dismissed new state government data that shows the state’s air quality is relatively good compared to elsewhere in the world. A NSW Office of Environment and Heritage air quality statement released last Friday indicates the state’s air quality index was in the “very good”, “good” or “fair” category for at least 95 per...

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