Clean air meeting in Singleton.

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Clean air meeting in Singleton.

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:35 pm

Clean air meeting in Singleton.

The Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand is holding a public meeting in Singleton this week to discuss the latest findings on air pollution and health.

The CSIRO's Dr Mark Hibberd will present the results from his Upper Hunter Particle Characterisation Study, which focused on particulate matters of 2.5 micrograms around Singleton and Muswellbrook.

The study revealed that domestically produced wood smoke, emissions from heavy industry and power generation were all contributing factors to air pollution.

John Drinan from the Singleton Shire Healthy Environment Group says the case for air pollution having adverse impacts on health is only building with a recent finding from the World Health Organisation.

"Over the last few years the evidence has gradually built from overseas research mainly that any level of PM 2.5's is dangerous to our health," he said.

"What's happened in only the last few weeks is that the World Health Organisation has declared air pollution and those fine particles to be carcinogenic."

Mr Drinan says the meeting is a chance for the community to hear first hand from the experts.

"The good thing is there is a lot that can be done about it," he said.

"If you look at the sources of the pollution as identified in Dr Hibberd's study, they are coal mining, coal fired power stations, vehicles and wood smoke from domestic heaters.

"They are the four main culprits.

"Every one of those can be reduced and that's the good news, that a lot can be done to drive these things down and in fact a lot is already happening."

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