Air quality standards in Australia are in dire need of improvement. The Australian State, Territory and Commonwealth governments are currently reviewing the existing standards which outline ‘safe’ levels of exposure from a variety of air pollution sources.
This gives us an opportunity to ask the Federal Environment Minister (Greg Hunt) and the Queensland Environment Minister (Steven Miles) to improve our air quality standards so we can have the cleanest air possible.
An estimated 3,000 premature Australian deaths are linked to poor air quality and if these standards are improved, lives could be saved.
The coal mining industry is our Australia’s main source of particle pollution, and they have admitted that their emissions have grown by a massive 187% in the last ten years. These standards need to be changed – please sign the petition to make sure they have to limit their emissions.
Dear Minister Hunt and Minister Miles, Australia's air quality standards are in urgent need of revision, and setting stricter standards for air pollution as proposed could save hundreds of preventable deaths each year. In light of massive increases in coal dust pollution over recent years, we urge you to implement stronger air quality standards for particulate pollution.