News | 21st Oct, 2010

EPA ‘hasn’t caught up with climate change’ regulation

Thursday, 21 October 2010
ABC Gippsland

About 50 people turned up to an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) forum on a proposal to build a new power station in the Latrobe Valley.

The company HRL wants to build a power station at Morwell fuelled by coal gas and natural gas.

The EPA has taken about 4,000 submissions on the project and will make a decision on the works application by the end of the year.

Mark Wakeham from Environment Victoria was at the forum and says the EPA is not geared to deal with modern power generator proposals.

"It hasn't caught up with climate change. It doesn't properly regulate things like greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

"So this is the process that's going to be used in the place of an environmental effects statement and that is worrying when there are some issues with the process, particularly when there is not a clear benchmark for the EPA to assess this power station against."