* Pulp and paper industry warns of closures, outlines abatement options * Déjà vu on waste: ministers' progress 'grossly' over-stated * Climate Institute releases abatement modelling tool * WA to provide water treatment for Esperance lead-affected families * Australian Coal Association releases more than 40 CCS videos
Helping communities, regions and workers should take priority over giving cash or free permits to coal-fired generators, says Western Australia's green paper submission. WA also warns that industries generating about 85% of the total value of the state's top ten exports would miss out on free permits under green paper proposals for compensating big emitters.
Environment groups have reacted angrily to comments by WA Premier Colin Barnett that he favours a site in a whale migration area as the location for an LNG processing hub, while federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says shortlisting of four sites means the assessment process is still on track.
Reforms to Western Australian assessment and approval procedures for resource projects instigated by the former Labor state government in 2003 and backed with $37.4 million of implementation funding have failed to deliver, says a report by Western Australia's auditor-general.
* Coal-fired power plant assessment challenge fails * Banksia Award winners announced * National Pollutant Inventory issues new manuals * Gore urges U.S. to be 100% renewable in a decade (with video) * OECD calls for policy shift on biofuels
* Audit Office teams with international counterparts to monitor climate programs * Environment group and packaging industry clash on container deposit outcomes * EPA Victoria signs covenant with Climate Group * Conditions tweaked for WA mine * WA EPA clears way for 40MW wood waste power plant * ACCC sets out position on water market rules * Report warns of increased drought risk * Senator Brown speech clarification – ‘global emissions must peak by 2015’
The NSW Land and Environment Court has ordered Caltex to pay $78,000 to the Department of Environment and Climate Change for failing to control odours at the company’s Kurnell refinery during the 2006 Christmas holidays.
Meanwhile, the WA environment department has issued a $25,000 penalty to gold miner Barrick (Kanowna) Ltd following a tailings spill.
* Garrett canvasses views on Anvil Hill coal mine decision * Water diversions under EPBC Act scrutiny, says Wong * Senate considers carbon sink forest tax concession * Queensland proposes new housing standards * Odour complaints lead to $25,000 fine * NZ ministry issues summary of NZ trading bill changes * Department of Climate Change offers graduate intake