Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale has applauded environment groups across Australia on their continued campaign for an independent regulator to enforce national air pollution standards.
"Protecting the health of Australians should be of paramount importance to the parliament which is why the Greens are calling for a Clean Air Act to cut toxic pollution and help keep our most precious resource clean and healthy," said Senator Di Natale.
"Air pollution has been responsible for twice as many annual fatalities as the national road toll and it has been ignored by the old parties for too long.
"In 2012 the Greens Senate inquiry into air pollution heard from community members, industry and environmental protection agencies about systematic failings in air quality standards, monitoring and enforcement.
"The report confirmed that Australia must do much more to protect the community from the health impacts of air pollution such as coal dust.
"Australian air quality standards are weak, and in the case of dangerous ultra-fine particles we have no enforceable standards at all. These are the particles that can get deep into our lungs and lead to chronic lung disease or cancer.
"The Clean Air Act proposed by the Greens would strengthen enforceable standards for air quality around the country and the monitoring of those standards.
"On the one hand we have fear mongers conducting a tour of the countryside making false claims about the health impacts associated with wind turbines, when it's clear that the community's greatest concerns relate to the very real risks associated with major polluters such as coal mines and coal-fired power stations."
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