Generator Claims Authority To Pollute

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2nd December 2009, 10:01am - Views: 452
Generator Claims Authority To Pollute

2 December 2009

The NSW Land and Environment Court will today decide if a case against Macquarie Generation, operators of the state's largest power station at Bayswater in the Hunter Valley, should be allowed to proceed.

The landmark legal challenge commenced in July, brought by climate change activists Peter Gray and Naomi Hodgson from the Newcastle based group Rising Tide. The activists are being represented by the NSW Environmental Defender's Office.

The case alleges that Bayswater power station is unlawfully releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and thus causing harm to the environment through its contribution to global warming. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas primarily responsible for humaninduced climate forcing.

Macquarie Generation will today ask the court to throw out the proceedings, claiming they have lawful authority to dispose of any amount of carbon dioxide they wish.

"Bayswater power station is the biggest single point source of CO2 in NSW, emitting 1215 million tonnes of CO2 every year, and those emissions are presently entirely unregulated," said Peter Gray.

"This power station is a major contributor to a global problem, and should be controlled by strict environmental standards. The continued unregulated disposal of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at Bayswater power station is an affront to any Australian concerned about our nation's contribution to climate change."

The activists will be represented in court on Wednesday by Ian Lloyd QC, Craig
Lenahan, and the Environmental Defender's Office.

For further comment
Peter Gray: 0406 716 792

SOURCE: Rising Tide Newcastle
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