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LaTrobe Valley Coal Power pollution poses health threat – World Environment Day

Mercury pollution emissions from Australian coal power stations compared. Source: The Age

June 5 is world environment day and here we publish a question on pollutants from the coal fired power stations in the La Trobe Valley, asked by Brunswick Greens MP Tim Read in March.

Why aren’t these toxic pollutants such as mercury and Sulphur Dioxide more highly regulated and restricted? The technology exists to capture these and other pollutants, but the state government so far hasn’t ensured that the companies responsible fit the filtering technologies which are widely used overseas.

The EPA is currently drafting licence amendments and the licence review process report for the coal power stations. Increased limits, real time monitoring and regulation of pollution needs to be an important part of new licenses for the three energy companies: AGL Energy, Energy Australia, and Alinta.

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June 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Transitioning from Coal to Renewable Energy – CAM’s Submission to Senate Inquiry

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Stations. It is reproduced below.

Our submission discusses and is guided by the following principles:

  • Australia needs to rapidly transition to zero net emissions. The closure of coal fired power stations is an essential first step in this process.
  • All of Australia’s communities need to plan a transition to a zero net emissions society based on 100% renewable energy and slashing energy wastage through energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Communities that rely on coal power need a just transition plan that will not only mitigate the job losses experienced, but also help transform their economies to allow their communities to prosper in the future.
  • In conjunction with the closure of coal-fired power, governments must complement these policies with strategies to ensure that our electricity systems are secure and reliable, and that electricity is affordable for all Australians.
  • Rather than relying predominantly on market mechanisms, the transition will also require national planning, strong regulations and direct government investment and ownership.
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Loy Yang Power Station – Photo by John Englart

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November 9, 2016 at 11:58 am 1 comment

Part 1: Labor’s climate policy – moving backwards, fast

This is part one of our special 2010 federal election climate policy series. Part 2 is here, and part 3 here.

It’s all very confusing. So many schemes, funds, initiatives and flagships. Taking money from this one to pay for that one. So here’s a straight-talking summary of Labor’s climate policies, including previously announced schemes.


A Big New Focus Group (BNFG)

Labor’s most immediate and pressing climate change measure is to hold off on pricing carbon until after they open the phone book at random pages, point to 150 names, and have these people represent the general population (hang on, isn’t that what politicians are for?) then let them talk about the science (!!!) and the policy options (???) so they can come to a consensus. Over a period of twelve months. Come on, it’s only going to cost 9 million dollars! Money that would otherwise be supporting renewable energy development, since it’s coming out of the Renewable Energy Future Fund.

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August 17, 2010 at 11:58 pm 2 comments


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