DEA will again outline the health imperative to reduce Australia`s emissions as quickly as possible. We present the strong case for increasing Australia`s emission reduction target from 5% to 25%, in line with other progressive nations and based on current climate science. In this submission we will again argue that increasing Australia`s CO2 reduction target will have significant health co-benefits for the Australian public and conversely the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have major health impacts on our citizens in both the short, and particularly the longer, term.
Although mining is not a new industry to Tasmania, this proposal, which is expected to produce over 8 million tonnes of coal to be burnt at a later stage, would mark Tasmania as yet another contributor to climate change through increasing utilization of fossil fuels. DEA has a number of concerns that this proposal, if allowed to proceed, would be to the detriment of human health in Tasmania and of global public health.
Impacts of the current proposal do not stop at the perimeter fence. The loading of an extra 70 million tonnes per annum of coal is covered by this planning assessment process, but that 70 Mtpa has to be brought to port in 9,855 trains per year making 19,710 trips through each suburb along the coal corridor. This extra transport task has significant health and environmental effects.........
This submission will be focused on the potential health implications of hydraulic fracturing and the processes that implicitly accompany it..................... The combined process, that is often just referred to as hydraulic fracturing, has really only emerged over the last decade. Consequently there is very limited evidence regarding its health or environmental impacts in the short to medium term and no long term data.
In our submission we argue that repealing the Clean Energy Legislation and related Bills removes a vitally important public health measure. Accordingly, DEA is strongly opposed to these repeals.
It is vital that new regulations such as this proposed amendment are sufficient to protect public health. However, although it is a step in the right direction, it does not adequately protect other areas at risk - our prime farming land, our water catchments, and unique natural environments like the Pilliga forest (with its state significant biodiversity). Under the changes, these natural resources remain vulnerable to the impacts of coal seam gas mining. Moreover, the amendment does not apply to existing CSG developments, with only areas exposed to new exploration and production development being assured of exclusion.
The purpose of this submission is to emphasise that, while the proposed Nyrstar Transformation of the lead smelter at Port Pirie considerably advances the health of Port Pirie residents, the environmental lead exposure of residents still remains of concern to us.
We have a planet to manage, not just a local economy. Climate change and its threats to human health, survival and social stability should be at the top of the public service agenda. It is unscientific, irrational and counter to the public interest to develop forest burning as an energy source.
In the opinion of DEA, the proposed SEPP inappropriately promotes and facilitates the development of resource mining at the expense of the other valuable land uses, ecosystems, local communities, our health and the stability of our climate.
Most importantly, the onus should be on proof of the proposed actions' safety and lack of harm to the environment and human health now and into perpetuity- if this is in anyway jeopardised the activity should not be allowed to proceed.
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