Westconnex St Peters Interchange is a massive site bounded by Campbell Road, Princes Highway, Canal Road and Burrows Road in St Peters approximately 6 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD. It links the M8 tollway with the M5. It was built on a recently closed landfill and for this reason requires careful environmental monitoring. This post reports… Continue reading Poor environmetal monitoring at Westconnex St Peters Interchange
Cadia gold mine ( Flickr.com) In late September, mining company Newcrest pleaded guilty to breaching NSW clean air regulations in its operation of the Cadia goldmine, near Orange in central west NSW. The company will be sentenced in the Land and Environment Court in March 2024. Newcrest is the biggest gold miner in Australia and one… Continue reading Newcrest Cadia Goldmine breaches clean air law
Background During recent local communities’ battles to stop logging of native forests in NSW, several campaigners have lodged court actions alleging failures of the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and Forestry NSW to adequately monitor and protect wildlife in advance of beginning logging operations. Forestry NSW is a state-owned corporation that manages commercial native and plantation… Continue reading Failures in NSW forestry regulation – Auditor General Report
TNG Pty Ltd’s challenge to the validity of the NSW Waste to Energy regulation that ruled out waste to energy in the Greater Sydney Basin has failed. With the validity proceedings over, the focus shifted back to Malouf’s appeal to NSW Land and Environment Court against the Independent Planning Commission’s refusal to approve his incinerator… Continue reading Finally, Malouf throws in the towel on his Waste to Energy incinerator in Western Sydney
The NSW Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Ian Malouf’s The Next Generation (TNG) Pty Ltd against the NSW Land and Environment Court’s finding that the NSW Energy to Waste regulation is valid. Background The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) refused TNG’s application to build a Waste to Energy Incinerator at Eastern Creek in 2018.… Continue reading NSW Court of Appeal upholds validity of Waste to Energy regulation -but Malouf still not down and out.
On June 2, a Bingo Industries subsidiary Dial-a-Dump (EC) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to allowing odours to escape from its landfill premises into surrounding suburbs. This is an offence under Section 129 of the NSW Environmental Operations Act. Between March and June 2021, Bingo allowed emissions of a rotten egg gas (hydrogen sulphide) to escape… Continue reading Bingo finally accepts guilt for odours that damaged health of Western Sydney residents.
We currently have approximately 50 low cost monitors installed and recording measurements in NSW, most of which are in Sydney and can be seen on the live data map. These monitors measure two sizes of particulate pollution (PM 2.5 and PM 10), as well as humidity and temperature. We have installed them as part of… Continue reading How to download particulate pollution data (PM) from our monitors
The State of Environment report for 2021 was released in July 2022 by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water. There was little media coverage of the air quality section of the report. This post is an update on its key findings.
Ian Malouf’s The Next Generation (TNG) appealed against the decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court that the NSW Thermal Waste to Energy regulation is valid. You can read earlier reports on the case here and here. The NSW Court of Appeal heard the appeal on March 6, 2023 and reserved its decision on… Continue reading NSW Court of Appeal reserves decision on validity of Waste to Energy regulations
A study conducted on the 2014 Hazelwood fires has revealed dangerous long-term health effects of coalmine fires on communities following increased exposure to toxic particles known as PM2.5.