N.S.W. State and Federal EPA ignores the proven documents while killing our own citizens.


Published: February 2005

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Everyone has experienced it: getting hit right in the face by a cloud of acrid diesel smoke. Perhaps you were standing on a street corner when a bus or truck whizzed by. Or maybe you were standing at a bus stop or stuck behind a dump truck grinding up a hill. But breathing diesel exhaust isn’t just unpleasant. It is hazardous to your health. In fact, health research indicates that the portion of the exhaust you can’t see may be the most dangerous of all. Asthma attacks, respiratory disease, heart attacks, and even premature death — all of these are among the most serious public health problems linked to emissions from the nation’s fleet of diesel vehicles. The good news is that the technology exists right now to clean up emissions from these engines, so that most of the adverse health impacts can be prevented.

Today in the U.S. more than 13 million diesel vehicles help to build our cities and towns, transport our food and goods, and take us to and from work. More than three quarters of all Americans live near intersections, bus stops, highways, bus and truck depots, or construction sites with heavy equipment — all of which are concentrated sources of diesel exhaust. In rural areas, those who live near heavy diesel agricultural equipment suffer their share of exposure to diesel as well.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued important regulations that will require dramatic reductions in emissions from new diesel vehicles starting in 2007 – but only the new ones. These regulations, to be phased in over the next quarter century, apply only to new engines. What about the diesels on the road today? The lifespan of the average diesel vehicle is nearly 30 years. Many diesels are driven over a million miles. Because of this longevity, we will be left with the legacy of pollution from dirty diesel vehicles for decades to come. That is, unlesswe take action to reduce emissions from vehicles currently on the road. We don’t have to wait. Control technologies exist right now that can significantly reduce deadly fine particle emissions from diesel vehicles, in some cases by upwards of 90 percent.

American know-how, witnessed by the success of the manufacturers of engines, control devices, and fuel refiners in developing innovative solutions for reducing diesel exhaust, provides a lifesaving opportunity we can seize today. Pollution from dirty diesels on the road now can be dramatically reduced using a combination of cleaner fuels, retrofit emission controls, rebuilt engines, engine repowerings, and accelerated purchase of new, cleaner vehicles. Unlike so many other vexing environmental issues, these affordable solutions present a highly unusual opportunity to actually address a major risk to public health and the environment. In fact, we could virtually eliminate this problem if diesel manufacturers, fleet owners, environmentalists, concerned citizens, and government regulators make the commitment to work together.

What are the health impacts of these dirty diesel vehicles? What benefits will we realize if we act now to clean them up? The Clean Air Task Force commissioned Abt Associates, an highly-respected consulting firm that U.S. EPA and other agencies rely upon to assess the benefits of national air quality policies, to quantify for the first time the health impacts of fine particle air pollution from America’s diesel fleet. Using this information, we were able to estimate the expected benefits – in lives saved – from an aggressive but feasible program to clean up dirty diesel buses, trucks, and heavy equipment across the U.S.

Chart showing how An Aggressive Program to Reduce Diesel Emissions Could Save About 100,000 Lives between Now and the Year 2030.
An Aggressive Program to Reduce Diesel Emissions Could
Save About 100,000 Lives between Now and the Year 2030

This report summarizes the findings of the Abt Associates study. It then reviews the degree to which diesel vehicles increase the level of fine particle pollution in the air we breathe, and recommends reduction measures that will save thousands of lives each year. Key findings include:

  • Reducing diesel fine particle emissions 50 percent by 2010, 75 percent by 2015, and 85 percent by 2020 would save nearly 100,000 lives between now and 2030. These are additional lives saved above and beyond the projected impact of EPA’s new engine regulations.
  • Fine particle pollution from diesels shortens the lives of nearly 21,000 people each year. This includes almost 3,000 early deaths from lung cancer.
  • Tens of thousands of Americans suffer each year from asthma attacks (over 400,000), heart attacks (27,000), and respiratory problems associated with fine particles from diesel vehicles. These illnesses result in thousands of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and lost work days. Together with the toll of premature deaths, the health damages from diesel fine particles will total $139 billion in 2010.
  • Nationally, diesel exhaust poses a cancer risk that is 7.5 times higher than the combined total cancer risk from all other air toxics.
  • In the U.S., the average lifetime nationwide cancer risk due to diesel exhaust is over 350 times greater than the level U.S. EPA considers to be “acceptable” (i.e., one cancer per million persons over 70 years).
  • Residents from more than two-thirds of all U.S. counties face a cancer risk from diesel exhaust greater than 100 deaths per million population. People living in eleven urban counties face diesel cancer risks greater than 1,000 in a million — one thousand times the level EPA says is acceptable.
  • People who live in metropolitan areas with a high concentration of diesel vehicles and traffic feel their impacts most acutely. The risk of lung cancer from diesel exhaust for people living in urban areas is three times that for those living in rural areas.

The vast majority of the deaths due to dirty diesels could be avoided by an aggressive program over the next 15 years to require cleanup of the nation’s existing diesel fleet. Practical, affordable solutions are available that can achieve substantial reductions in diesel risk. The only thing that stands between us and dramatically healthier air is the political will to require these reductions and the funding to make it a reality.

National Annual Diesel Fine Particle
Health Impacts
Annual Cases in the U.S., 2010
Premature Deaths 21,000
Lung Cancer Deaths 3,000
Hospital Admissions 15,000
Emergency Room Visits for Asthma 15,000
Non-fatal Heart Attacks 27,000
Asthma Attacks 410,000
Chronic Bronchitis 12,000
Work Loss Days 2,400,000
Restricted Activity Days 14,000,000

What We Must Do to Protect Public Health from Today’s Dirty Diesels.

Although the EPA has mandated the phase-in of cleaner new engines and fuels beginning in 2007 for highway vehicles and heavy equipment, EPA has limited authority to mandate emissions controls on the fleet of existing diesel vehicles. To date, EPA has adopted a “voluntary” approach. Nevertheless, in order to meet the new ambient air quality standards for fine particles, states and cities must require controls to reduce diesel emissions. Diesel cleanup is also an important next step in areas that are having difficulty meeting existing and new ambient air quality standards for ozone such as Houston and Dallas, Texas.

States can enact legislation requiring diesel cleanup as some, such as California and Texas, have already begun to do. States should also consider measures to require early engine retirement and speed fleet turnover. For vehicles like long-haul trucks, ships, and locomotives that are engaged in interstate transport, federal regulations, federal legislation, or both may be needed. Funding for such initiatives may pose a challenge for public fleets (school buses, transit vehicles, garbage trucks, etc.), so support for expanded state and federal funding to help the cleanup of fleets owned by cash-strapped states and cities will be necessary. Local and state budget writers will need a strong commitment to come up with the necessary appropriations or bonds to fund the local share.

Particle filters combined with the use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel have been found to reduce diesel particles and particle-bound toxics from diesel exhaust by up to 90 percent. Under the new engine rules, ULSD will be available for highway vehicles nationwide starting in 2006. It is already available in cities in 21 states. Not all vehicles can be retrofitted with a particle filter, but there are a variety of options available for the cleanup of every vehicle regardless of make or model year.

Cities and states should:

  • Establish ambitious goals for reducing risk to their citizens by cleaning up existing diesels;
  • Identify priority geographic areas and diesel “hotspots” for immediate attention;
  • Adopt a package of options for reducing diesel exhaust including:
    • Retrofits accomplished by replacing mufflers with an optimal mix of filters or oxidation catalysts depending on vehicle age and type;
    • Requiring Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and cleaner alternative fuels;
    • Closed crankcase ventilation systems to eliminate engine exhaust from penetrating the cabin of vehicles such as school and transit buses;
    • Engine rebuild and replacement requirements;
    • Truck stop electrification programs to give long-haul truckers a way to power their rigs overnight without running their engines;
    • Contract specifications requiring cleanup of trucks and construction equipment used in public works projects.
  • Adopt diesel cleanup measures as federally-enforceable requirements in State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for the attainment of the fine particle and ozone air quality standards;
  • Create and fund programs, such as California’s “Carl Moyer” and the Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) program, which provide funding for diesel equipment owners to replace or rebuild high-polluting diesel engines;
  • Adopt and enforce anti-idling ordinances and legislation.

The Federal government should:

  • Pass legislation providing funding for the cleanup of municipal and state fleet vehicles;
  • Explore regulatory options for reducing emissions from existing interstate fleets such as long-haul trucks, shipping, and locomotives;
  • Retain and enforce the tighter new engine and cleaner fuel standards for highway and non-road diesels.


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The Green Paper outlines major changes in the planning system in NSW


Green Paper on new planning system

18 Jul, 2012 10:05 AM
Last week the NSW Government released A New Planning System for New South Wales– Green Paper. The Green Paper outlines major changes in the planning system which aim to involving the community early in guiding planning decisions, place more emphasis on preparing good policies upfront, reduce red tape and delays, ensure infrastructure is planned for and delivered and provide greater access to information.The changes hope to instil a ‘can do’ culture in the planning system, “ensuring that councils and the government are accountable for delivering the results they have committed to.”Member for Monaro John Barilaro has welcomed the “bold vision for a more transparent, effective, and efficient planning system for NSW.”

“The new Government has got the message that communities are the best at shaping their future. The current planning system left to us by Labor ensures the community gets next to no role in strategic planning.”

“A Public Participation Charter will be developed which will require the community to be consulted as part of the plan-making and development assessment process.

“This will be a system that helps us achieve clarity around what we want for our local area and will make it simpler for the average property owner to get on with approvals for homes and businesses.

“The report also highlights that councils should give some serious consideration to adopting independent hearing and assessment panels as has happened in 11 councils already (voluntarily) across the state.

“Ensuring professional staff weigh up the merit of developments takes the politics out and ensures councillors get freed up to focus on the big strategic planning issues.”

However Shadow Minister for Planning, Linda Burney said “The O’Farrell Government’s planning green paper has confirmed the Premier has broken his promise to give planning powers to local communities and councils – and is preparing to remove the rights of residents to object to specific developments in their local areas.”

“Under the O’Farrell Government’s policy, local communities will lose the right to object or comment on most specific rezoning and development applications” she said.

“The green paper also confirms the O’Farrell Government is considering removing councils from determining local development proposals. Instead, government appointed and unelected officials would be making all of the decisions.”

“I fear these changes will see projects rushed through with far less scrutiny. For example, development proposals will no longer be referred to the Office of Environment and Heritage for consideration and assessment of environmental impacts.”

Under the new plan a series of Sub regional Delivery Plans would be the “new transformative delivery tool for high growth areas in NSW by directly rezoning land in key areas, avoiding where possible the need for local plans to be separately and continuously amended.”

The NSW Government proposes to introduce three new zones: Enterprise Zone to capture investment opportunities, Future Urban Release Zone to indicate future use prior to programming infrastructure investment, and Suburban Character Zone to give greater certainty in areas where the local community want to preserve local character.

The changes aim to “depol?t?cised dec?s?on making” with decision making on development applications streamed to “appropriate, independent, and expert decision makers.” State and regional scale development will continue to be assessed by the Planning Assessment Commission and the Joint Regional Planning Panels.

“The Government is proposing that all councils follow the lead of a number of major councils in adopting the use of independent experts to determine development applications.”

The Green Paper is available at nningsystem and comments can be made until Friday 14 September 2012.

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O’Farrell Government holds onto cancer report on M5……….. Is this claim true?????

O’Farrell Government holds onto cancer report

Posted: Thursday, 19 July 2012 | By: Andrew McDonald,Robert Furolo

The NSW Opposition is calling on the O’Farrell Government to release any report – draft or not – that they hold into the safety of air quality around the M5.
The call follows shocking allegations on Channel Seven last night that the Government has a report which shows increased incidence of lung cancer in residents who live near the M5 East, and doesn’t rule out a link to emissions from the smoke stacks at Turrella.
“On behalf of every person who will use the M5 this morning, and every person who lives near the road, I call on the Government to reveal the truth and release this secret report,” Shadow Minister for Roads, Robert Furolo said today.
“It’s as simple as this: if you receive a report saying that motorists or residents could be in danger, you release the report that day.
“You don’t sit on it. You don’t let your spin doctors come up with a media strategy. You let people know as soon as possible that there is a problem, and you let them know what you’ll do about it.”
Shadow Minister for Health, Dr Andrew McDonald said the claims are extremely serious and must be dealt with openly and transparently.
“If people’s health is at risk – the government needs to come clean today and immediately put in place an action plan to mitigate the dangers for local residents and motorists,” said Dr McDonald.
“People need to be empowered to make informed decisions that safeguard their health and wellbeing.
“This is an urgent situation that requires immediate action from the Health Minister.”
Mr Furolo said the Government should at the very least live up to its own pre-election promises.
“As a starting point, even in the absence of this report – when in opposition, Andrew Stoner committed the Government to placing warning labels on the M5 tunnel.
“Well if there’s a report saying there actually is a possible danger – they should fulfil that promise. Those warning signs should be up on Variable Message Screens this morning,” said Mr Furolo.

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EXCLUSIVE: Liberal Party investigates council pre-selections – Local News – News – Parramatta Advertiser




EXCLUSIVE: Liberal Party investigates council pre-selections – Local News – News – Parramatta Advertiser.

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Issa tightens his political grip – Parramatta Advertiser


WHO IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR COUNCIL ??????????????????????????


Issa tightens his political grip – Local News – News – Parramatta Advertiser.

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Community Moorebank Intermodal protest

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The evidence is growing and now becoming hard to take no action


                                                                                                    National Environment Protection
(Ambient Air Quality) Measure
Review Report
Prepared for the National Environment Protection Council
May 2011

Do the Federal or State Governments not wish to enact this review and its recommendations due to the two Moorebank intermodal operating 24/7days, these proposals currently before an EIS or because of the proposed rail link bringing coal trains between Wollongong ports and Lithgow 24/7days.
This report is sitting on many State and Federal politicians desks both Liberal and Labor, where is the uproar or are they keeping it quiet by their own negligence to appease their big business masters

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