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National Clean Air Agreement

"Clean air is a natural resource. It is an asset that we do not pay for, but we all need; essential to our health and welfare and to our nation's economy. It is a natural resource we cannot afford to squander or undervalue."
Senator Robert Hill (1997).

Council made a submission to the Federal Government's National Clean Air Agreement. Council's recommendations included adopting truck and ship pollution reduction programs, similar to the successful programs currently running in the U.S. (see links), which has resulted in over 80% reduction in localised air pollution.

Geographically, the City of Maribyrnong is at the epicentre of the expanding growth in international trade coming into and going out of Australia. This expansion is fuelled mainly by diesel for the ships, trains and trucks that transport goods around the country.

There is overwhelming medical evidence documenting the serious adverse health effects of exposure to diesel emissions, including asthma attacks, strokes, heart attacks, adverse birth outcomes, effects on the immune system, multiple respiratory effects, and neurotoxicity.

In 2012 the World Health Organisation recently upgraded the cancer risk from diesel exhaust from ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ to ‘carcinogenic to humans’. This will present a major shift in policy for government regulatory authorities.

The Federal Government’s Ambient Air Quality Measure Review in 2011 concluded that low-income, minority communities are disproportionately impacted by transport emissions for people from sensitive subgroups, such as the elderly, children and those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

In 2013 Maribyrnong Council made a submission to the Senate Committee on the 'Impacts on Health of Air Quality in Australia'. Council also participated in the National Air Pollution Summit in August 2014.

Submissions are available by clicking on the links below.

For more information contact:
Sustainability Officer
9688 0200
email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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