DEA is an independent health advocacy organisation of medical doctors addressing the health impacts of environmental damage
12 May 2015
The announcement of the closure of the Alcoa coal mine and coal fired power station on August 31st 2015 is a step forward for health, say Doctors for the Environment Australia.
“Coal fired power stations release a range of harmful air pollutants.” says DEA spokesperson Dr John Iser. “Children and the elderly are among those who can be worst affected. We have long been concerned about the health risks of exposure of the local community to air pollution from the Anglesea power station, and we welcome the reduction in sulphur dioxide and particulate pollution that will result from this decision.”
Dr Iser added, “Given the wide range of health risks associated with coal power, Doctors for the Environment Australia supports a planned transition to low pollution energy sources, like solar and wind. Any coal plant closure needs to be accompanied by a range of measures to support healthy communities, including plans for replacement jobs and for safe energy production.”
For Comment: Dr John Iser, Victorian chair of DEA, 0428 599 025
DEA has been involved in raising the public health issue concerning this coal operation for many years:
Alcoa media release:
DEA is supported by a scientific committee consisting of:
Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Peter Doherty, Professor Fiona Stanley, Rosemary Stanton, Professor Stephen Boyden, Professor Bob Douglas, Professor Michael Kidd, Professor David de Kretser, Professor Steve Leeder, Professor Ian Lowe, Professor Robyn McDermott, Professor Peter Newman, Professor Hugh Possingham, Professor Lawrie Powell, Norman Swan, Professor David Yencken.