Particulate matter is now being referred to as
"Asbestos of the 21st Century"
View the video from the Independent Forum on the Health Impacts of Air Pollution
This forum is a unique opportunity for you to hear key medical and scientific experts speak on air pollution and the impacts of pollutants on health from children to the elderly. CLICK HERE to view more information.
Professor Stephen Leeder
Professor emeritus in public health and community medicine, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney.
CEO – The Asthma Foundation NSW.
CEO – The Australian Medical Association.
Dr. Richard Chard
Adult and Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon Clinical Associate Professor Department of Surgery, University of Sydney.
About the pollution stack in Wahroonga
The current design has a pollution stack at Wahroonga located near the corner of Bareena and Woonona Avenues in the middle of a built-up residential area with many schools. This stack will pump out huge amounts of unfiltered pollution from tens of thousand of cars and trucks in the 9KM tunnel, impacting the health of local residents including many elderly people and over 9,000 school children.
Don't think that you are
far enough away to be safe! Studies conducted by NSW Health
and CSIRO on other tunnel pollution stacks such as the M5 prove
that the toxic pollutants travel more than 2 km from the source. See
the map below.
We have marked the schools
where over 9,000 children attend every day and elderly care
locations - the old and the young are at higher risk of harm. See GROUND ZERO map.
The NorthConnex team will talk
about how air pollution in Sydney is low by world standards and
there is nothing to worry about. This could not be further from the
truth. A recent OECD report (see
link) shows that the number of air pollution related deaths
between 2005 and 2010 rose by an alarming 68 percent. The report
explains that a large contributor to this rise is the increase of
diesel vehicles emitting small "nano" particles. Indeed many experts
are now label this as the "Asbestos of the twenty first century".
Small nano particles from 5,000 diesel emitting trucks will be
dumped onto 9,500 school children and many more thousands of
residents every day from the NorthConnex smoke stack.