EPA’s power station pollution licence cut off date looms

The ageing Vales Point Power Station at Mannering Park

Public submissions to the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) review of Vales Point Power Station’s nitrogen dioxide emissions close at 5pm, Wednesday, November 10.

According to James Gambian, CEO of the Nature Conservation Council, hundreds of people have added their names to a joint online submission by the NCC.

Tremain said Central Coast Community group, Future Sooner and many individuals, have also made submissions.

“Vales Point is one of the state’s biggest polluters and should not be granted another five-year exemption from the Clean Air Regulation.

“The cost of installing low-NOx burners is a fraction of the company’s profit but it would halve the nitrogen dioxide pollution the plant releases into the community,” he said.

Vales Point’s current Environmental Protection Licence allows up to 1500 milligrams of nitrogen dioxide to be emitted per cubic metres of exhaust, while under the NSW Clean Air Regulation, polluting facilities of the same age must emit around half as much pollution, at 800 milligrams per cubic metre.

Find out more at https://yoursay.epa.nsw.gov.au/vales-point-power-station-exemption-application

Primary information source: Media release, 8 Nov, 2021, Chris Gambian, Nature Conservation Council

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