SO2 emissions: an outrageous state of affairs

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.

» http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/compliance-enforcement/comments/dualgas-docs/L_Denison_Expert_Report.pdf


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.

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