The three coal-burning power stations in the Latrobe Valley are responsible not only for enormous amounts of toxic air pollution, but they are also by far Victoria’s biggest contributors to global warming. Our key concern with this review is that it must result in limits on greenhouse gases being inserted into the licences of Victoria’s three coal-fired power stations.
Continuing to allow unlimited climate pollution from these power stations would be a failure of the EPA’s responsibility to protect the environment and public from dangerous pollution and harm.
Submissions to this licence review process were not made open to the public, but were intended by the EPA to be limited to selected key stakeholders. Given this, and given the EPA’s recognition that it needs to ensure licences reflect community standards, Environment Victoria conducted a short survey of Victorians on our contact list. Over 1500 people completed the survey in January 2018.
Key findings include:
When asked how they felt about coal power stations producing almost half of Victoria’s climate pollution but facing no limits on how much CO2 they can emit:
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