Doctors say national air quality standards are failing to protect health


DEA members John van der Kallen & Ben Ewald at a Senate hearing into the retirement of coal-fired power stations on health grounds

National air quality reporting standards are failing to protect people's health argue DEA members, John Van der Kallen and Ben Ewald, after windy weather whipped up dust from local coal mines in the Hunter Valley last weekend resulting in air pollution for residents that breached regulations. Yet there are no significant consequences for the mining companies for violation of standards.

Dr Van der Kallen and Dr Ewald say that a load-based licensing scheme would make companies pay for their pollution, but mining operations are excluded from existing schemes. A health study to measure the impact of poor air quality on residents health is also needed. Mine operations shut down for hours at a time over the weekend, but failed to reduce high dust levels.

“These are called national reporting standards but they’re failing to protect people’s health. There’s no obligation for air to be better than these standards and the response is very vague."
Doctors for the Environment member Dr John Van Der Kallen

Read more:

Newcastle Herald Article: Windy weekend weather pushed dust levels in the Hunter above national exceedance levels

DEA Submission to the NSW EPA on the Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper


JOIN DEA NOW and make a difference! DONATE
ACNC Registered Charity

FOLLOW US


DEA IN A HEARTBEAT

Who, What and Why

iDEA18

Watch presentations from our recent conference

Dr Bob Brown Keynote Address

WHAT CAN I DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

(part 1)

(part 2)

DEA INFORMATION LEAFLET

DEA Information Leaflet

DEA INFORMATION BROCHURE

DEA Information Brochure

DEA receives funding from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!


3