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SA passes first jail sentence for repeated illegal dumping

23 February 2016
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A South Australian court has imposed a custodial sentence for the first time under the Environment Protection Act 1993. Gabriel Paul Ivanyi, of Adelaide suburb Devon Park, faced charges for repeatedly dumping building and construction waste over a two-year period on sites owned by SA Water, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Department of […] Find out more

Council forced to cart water to Woolomin community after 400-litre fuel spill

22 February 2016
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Residents of Woolomin near Tamworth in north-west New South Wales are being asked not to drink ground water because of fuel contamination. Tamworth Regional Council said the general store, which also provided a fuel service to the community, had recently discovered a leaking fuel tank which had compromised the local ground water. Click here to […] Find out more

2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm

1 February 2016
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Experts warn that global warming is tipping climate into ‘uncharted territory’, as Met Office, Nasa and Noaa data all confirm record global temperatures for second year running 2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Data released […] Find out more

Sydney air pollution exceeds national standards, NSW Environmental Protection Authority report shows

5 January 2016
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Inner Sydney suburbs such as Rozelle and Earlwood have experienced spikes in air pollution during 2015, with levels soaring above new national standards. Analysis of data on pollution from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority reveals that average levels exceeded annual thresholds for  PM2.5 fine particulate matter in Liverpool, Chullora, Campbelltown West, Earlwood and Prospect. Rozelle, […] Find out more

RAAF chemical contamination of Tomago sandbeds reduces Hunter Water storage

29 November 2015
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The contamination crisis stemming from the Williamtown Air Force base is now impacting on the Hunter’s water supply, with Hunter Water losing access to 1.5 billion litres in the Tomago Sandbeds. Hunter Water has three pump stations inside the Environment Protection Authority’s investigation zone of the sandbeds, and has chosen to not use them until […] Find out more

Pesticides blamed for bee declines widespread in US waterways

26 August 2015
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The most comprehensive survey to date of pollution in the US from a controversial group of pesticides has found the chemicals are widespread in streams and rivers. Though not considered a human health threat, the findings underscore the environmental ubiquity and potential for ecological harm of neonicotinoids. While neonicotinoids have been blamed for fuelling declines […] Find out more

Coal waste spill threatens Blue Mountains World Heritage area

6 July 2015
Public Health and Wellbeing
The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating a spill of coal waste and water from the Clarence Colliery mine near Lithgow into the Wollangambe River which flows into the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. The Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Keith Muir, described the spill as a “real tragedy, equivalent to a giant […] Find out more