Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Clean Air) Bill 2021 (Bill).

EDO is keenly aware of the health impacts of coal – as a consequence of both its mining and combustion – and has advised and represented many communities throughout NSW, and in particular the Hunter Valley, in relation to these impacts, amongst other things. We have written extensively on the need for effective regulation of air pollution across NSW.