News | 12th Jul, 2010

Coalition campaigns to close Hazelwood

Monday, 12 July 2010
ABC News

A coalition of green groups has announced plans for a campaign to close the Hazelwood power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley.

The groups, including Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth, will target four marginal seats in the lead up to the Federal election.

They are calling for the power station to be decommissioned and for energy from renewable sources to replace the electricity generated by the plant.

The push follows reports last week that the State Government is working on a deal to cut capacity at the coal-fired plant by a quarter.

Environment Victoria chief executive, Kelly O'Shanassy, says the power station is one of the dirtiest in the world and it is time it should be replaced with clean energy.

"It emits 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state of Victoria, and three percent of the nation's emissions.

"[It} uses a whole lot of water, and is actually quite – emits dioxins as well which are actually quite dangerous to humans."