A flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam has blown coal dust across Port Augusta (SA) and its 14,000 residents for the last two years, reports The Guardian. DEA's Honorary Secretary Dr David Shearman, who is quoted in this story, says the likely mixture of dust and small particles could pose a risk to locals’ health.
Dr Shearman also says air pollution from coal-fired power generation across the country is estimated to cost at least $2.6bn a year, making coal a more expensive fuel than was acknowledged in some public and political discussions.
We welcome a Senate inquiry to visit Port Augusta to investigate mistakes made after the closure of the Northern power plant.
Read the full story in The Guardian which was published on 14 August 2018
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