Doctors for the Environment Australia made a submission to the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment In June 2021 in regards to the Kurri Kurri Power Station. The focus of this submission is on the health of present and future Australians and the environment on which health depends.
Doctors for the Environment is opposed to the project on the grounds that:
- The community of Kurri Kurri and surrounding communities will be adversely affected, and their health put at risk. There is a health risk from a deterioration of air quality.
- The project will contribute a significant quantity of greenhouse gases at a time when Australia is required to urgently reduce these emissions and join a global effort to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperature. Failure to do so risks the health and well-being of Australians during the life of this project.
- The project is against the advice of energy experts who have publicly stated that it is not needed.
- The large cost of the project and the likely cost of an associated pipeline project will burden the next generation with debt while contributing to the impacts they will endure from climate change.
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