Add your name to the complaint

Read the full legal complaint that we just launched with a coalition of health, environment and community groups and add your name to demand that the NSW EPA makes Vales Point coal-fired power station clean up its act.

Dear Mr Bean,

I refer to the legal complaint sent to you on behalf of Doctors for the Environment, Lung Foundation Australia, Asthma Australia, Healthy Futures, Lake Macquarie & Central Coast Coal Ash Alliance, Keep Lake Macquarie Clean, Nature Conservation Council NSW, Australian Conservation Foundation, and Greenpeace asking you to investigate significant increases in particle pollution at Vales Point power station.

I request that my name be added to the complaint because I am concerned that Delta Electricity may be putting the community at risk from exposure to toxic pollution.

I request that the investigation the EPA has confirmed they will conduct of Vales Point power station includes all possible breaches of the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997 and the Vales Point Power Station EPL 761, as outlined in the legal complaint mentioned above.

Recently released data from the National Pollutant Inventory for the period 2018-19 shows that Vales Point power station increased dangerous PM2.5 pollution by 181 percent on the previous reporting year and an extraordinary 3000 percent over 6 years. This steep and unexplained rise in particulate emissions from Vales Point warrants investigation.

The linkages between particulate pollution and human health are well established. There is no known safe limit of exposure. The list of human health impacts to which air pollution contributes continues to grow and includes heart disease, stroke, asthma attacks, low birth weights of babies, lung cancer and type 2 diabetes PM2.5 is considered to have the strongest effect on human health.

It appears that Delta Electricity has failed to operate and or maintain plant and equipment at Vales Point in a proper and efficient manner, which has caused air pollution.

We request you investigate Delta Electricity’s conduct, with a view to prosecuting Delta Electricity for any breaches of the Act and that you will notify the NSW Health Minister of the risk to public health.

The EPA has a duty of care to protect us from pollution. I ask that you fulfil that duty with this investigation.

Yours faithfully