Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Here is some scary, irrational stuff.

From today's "The Land" story by Ben Cubby.

AUSTRALIA is about to see its first legal challenge to carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant, after a Land and Environment Court case was initiated yesterday against Macquarie Generation, a NSW Government-owned utility.

An environmental group that opposed the development of the Anvil Hill coal mine in the Hunter Valley is now targeting Bayswater power station in the Upper Hunter, one of the largest single producers of greenhouse gases in the state.

In the civil court proceedings it will be alleged that the company is "negligently disposing of waste at their Bayswater power station by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in a manner that has harmed or is likely to harm the environment", which could be a contravention of the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

So what is atmospheric pollution?

Well, we find it on another site of the NSW Government. NSW Health:

What is air pollution?

Air pollution occurs when the air is affected by chemicals or particles that are not normally present and have the potential to affect health. Its composition can vary greatly, depending on the season, the weather and the different types and numbers of sources.

Well, Co2 is normally present, so by their definition - not pollution.

The main pollutants in large cities are ozone, particles, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide.

The two main air pollutants in Sydney are ozone and particles. Vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, gasoline vapours, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources of ozone. Particle pollution is formed directly from sources such as vehicles, factories, power plants, and smoke from bushfires.

No mention of Co2, so - not pollution.