“Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and is essential for human health. Consequently there needs to be a high priority given to protecting the quality of our drinking water.”
Lithgow doctor and DEA member, Dr Richard Stiles speaks out following the recent report which found that water discharge from the Centennial Coal’s Springvale mine far exceeded chemical trigger values for pH, salinity, nitrogen, and other chemicals.
Last month, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled that planning consent granted to the mine in 2015 was invalid, as Centennial Coal had not adequately addressed environmental regulations for discharging into a drinking water catchment.
Doctor says water quality should be protected
Lithgow Mercury, 21 September 2017
Media release: Doctors demand protection for Sydney’s drinking water
Doctors for the Environment Australia, 19 September 2017