Failure to require the installation of SO2 scrubbers at the Anglesea powerplant is an absolutely outrageous state of affairs
A year ago Victoria’s own EPA found that Alcoa’s appalling Anglesea S02 emissions “contributes a noticeable quantity of sulfate particles to the Melbourne airshed, particularly in summer” and that in a “low impact scenario” for future Victorian air quality those emissions will need to be reduced by 90% by installing SO2 scrubbers.
» See http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/~/media/Publications/1535.pdf at page 51.
Notwithstanding this clear advice, both Premier Dennis Napthine and the EPA have failed to require the installation of SO2 scrubbers at Anglesea, exposing us all to a known respiratory irritant that the EPA’s own Principal Scientist has acknowledged has no safe level of exposure, in particular for sensitive groups.
This is an absolutely outrageous state of affairs. It further validates SCAA’s long held position based on sound evidence. Alcoa’s SO2 emissions are extraordinarily and appallingly high – so high that even those living in Melbourne and Geelong are affected.
Join us at our family friendly rally, Aug 10th, 11:00am, Anglesea skate park. Shut it Down.