The NSW Environment Protection Authority alleges Vales Point Coal Power Station did not comply with a licence condition on 2 occasions, in reference to alleged exceedance of the Total Suspended Solids concentration limit (on two occasions, minor), due to high TSS results in inlet water canal.
Vales Point Coal Power Station reports releasing 45,715kg of PM2.5 in the year to 30 June 2018.
PM2.5 is extremely small particulate matter, which can be inhaled deep into the lungs and may cause serious health effects. The Australian government says it has been linked to increased respiratory symptoms and premature death.
Vales Point Coal Power Station reports releasing 20,631,525kg of sulfur dioxide in the year to 30 June 2018.
The Australian government links repeated or prolonged exposure to moderate concentrations of sulfur dioxide to inflammation of the respiratory tract, wheezing and lung damage.
Vales Point Coal Power Station reports releasing 20,454 tonnes of oxides of nitrogen in the year to 30 June 2018.
The Australian government says people who live near coal burning power plants may be exposed to higher levels of nitrogen oxides. Even low levels of exposure can impact an individual’s eyes, nose, throat and lungs.