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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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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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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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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Hopes fade of tougher air pollution standards at meeting of environment ministers

Standards for air pollution particles linked to lung cancer and restricted lung growth could be set at levels beyond those recommended by the World Health Organisation, doctors and community groups fear. The concerns come as federal and state environment ministers meet on Tuesday to decide on controls around air pollution...

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Ministers to sign off on Australia's first clean-air agreement

Three thousand Australians die every year from short and long-term exposure to air pollution. There's hope that will change, following a meeting between State and Territory Environment Ministers in Melbourne today, in which they'll sign off on Australia's first clean-air agreement. The agreement will introduce new emissions standards for petrol-powered...

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Hunter could be biggest loser in national air quality review

Newcastle and the Hunter will continue to “unfairly bear the impacts of Australia’s air polluting activities” if the nation’s environment ministers bow to industry pressure on Tuesday and fail to implement tougher air quality standards, say environmental activists. Federal and state governments undertaking the first review in nearly two decades...

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Air pollution kills 3000 Australians a year, say experts

Experts say air pollution is killing 3000 Australians a year and it is costing the economy up to $24.3 billion annually. Health, community and environment groups have called on the State and Federal governments to tighten regulations following a meeting of experts in Melbourne on the weekend. In four weeks,...

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3000 deaths caused by air pollution each year prompt calls for tougher standards

Air pollution results in 3000 premature deaths each year in Australia, costing the nation up to $24.3 billion in health expenses every year. The figures, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, are a direct result of an "ineffective and out-of-date regulatory system" for air pollution, according to not-for-profit legal...

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Doubts over effectiveness of veneering in cutting coal train dust

Newcastle environmentalists have scoffed at claims by a new player in the Hunter's coal industry that a process, known as veneering, cuts emissions from coal wagons by 80 per cent. New Hope has agreed to buy 40 per cent of Rio Tinto's Bengalla mine. In Queensland it covers its coal...

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EPA train dust report sparks up campaign to cover coal wagons

Hunter community groups have renewed their calls for the introduction of covered coal wagons following the release of the latest government report into particle pollution associated with trains. The Environment Protection Authority issued on Thursday the final stage of a three-year study that sought to identify the impact of coal...

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Hazelwood owner could face criminal charges for mine fire

The owners of the Hazelwood coalmine could face criminal charges under state environment law for the smoke and ash that smothered the town of Morwell during a dramatic month-long mine fire last year. The Environment Protection Authority has prepared a brief of evidence against the mine owners and has now sought...

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PAC accused of rubber stamping T4, as council GM welcomes jobs boost

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has been accused of ignoring residents' concerns regarding health and the environment, after giving final approval to a $5 billion coal loader for Newcastle. The loader, known as T4, will be operated by Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) and has twice been considered by the...

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Volkswagen diesel deceit: Health and environment leaders call for action

MARK COLVIN: The implications of Volkswagen's global exhaust emissions deception are still unfolding in Australia.  The company has admitted that it fitted software into 11 million diesel cars worldwide to bypass pollution tests. Australia's Greens leader says it's a serious breach and the Government needs to do more to address...

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Economist urges PAC to consider financial benefits of Mount Thorley Warkworth mine

The Planning Assessment Commission has been told millions of dollars in wages will be lost if the Mount Thorley Warkworth mine does not go ahead. A third public hearing into the controversial mine expansion got underway in Singleton yesterday. The main argument supporting the development stems from the potential economic...

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Opponents face off in latest showdown over Mount Thorley

RIO Tinto, its employees and its supporters have urged the Planning Assessment Commission to approve its plans for the Mount Thorley Warkworth mine, saying a new state government mining policy has had no impact on the project’s credentials. But a host of Bulga residents and environmentally minded speakers have argued...

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