In Australia, it is estimated that urban air pollution contributes to approximately 3,000 deaths annually – more than double the deaths of the national road toll. As part of its advocacy for cleaner air, DEA has made a number of recommendations in a submission to a review of the National Pollution Inventory (NPI). Read more -->
As there is no threshold where air pollutants do not have an effect, DEA advocates for the absolute reduction of air pollutants rather than a cap on emissions from pollution sources.
Furthermore, DEA supports the availability of information provided by the National Pollution Inventory (NPI), stating the public has a right to know about pollutant emissions. However, DEA contends that this information should be readily available and at sufficient frequency to enable any analyst to judge whether there are likely to be health impacts on the community – either local or distant from the polluting source.
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