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Long cold winter for thousands of South Australians

Sadly the 18 per cent increase in the price of electricity announced yesterday will result in a surge of families and households being disconnected for non-payment of bills without swift action by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

news media
10June 2017

Preparations for Port Augusta rain

Protecting the people of Port Augusta.

The State Liberals want Minister Kyam Maher to detail what steps have been taken to
reduce the risk of the sealant on the ash dam for the Northern Power Station being washed
away and another catastrophic dust storm engulfing Port Augusta.

Forecast rain tomorrow threatens to recreate the conditions that left Port Augusta looking like
Pompeii early in the new year.

“This is precisely why we were calling for a State Government Taskforce to be established to
deal with this issue when Port Augusta was first engulfed in ash dust almost two weeks ago,”
said Shadow Minister for the Environment Michelle Lensink.

“What the people of Port Augusta needed and deserved was an emergency response from
the Weatherill Government and Flinders Power to the dangerous conditions created by the
failure of the sealant on the ash dam.

“Flinders Power identified the possibility of Port Augusta being engulfed in a dust storm from
the ash dam as part of its decommissioning planning.”

The Plan reveals this was first time the process had been used on a large-scale ash dam
and the possibility of the sealant being washed away as a result of rain.

Augusta Power Stations Dust Management Plans Demolition and Site Rehabilitation
Contingency Planning

Storm event causes deterioration of suppressant leads to ineffective seal and risk of ash
dust migration … Off-site by strong winds (leading to) Adverse health impacts
caused by particulate exposure
(Page 4)

“For Port Augusta to be engulfed by an ash storm once is outrageous, for it to happen a
second time would be scandalous,” said Ms Lensink.

“The people of Port Augusta have every reason to be very upset with the performance of
both the company and the Weatherill Government in this crisis.”

news media
12January 2017

World first failure at Port Augusta

A Flinders Power Dust Management Plan for the decommissioning of the Port Augusta power station provides damaging new evidence on the risks and failures of the process.

 

The Plan reveals this was first time the process had been used on a large-scale ash dam and the possibility of the sealant being washed away resulting in Port Augusta being engulfed in a dust storm from the ash dam was identified as a threat from the very beginning.

 

Augusta Power Stations Dust Management Plans Demolition and Site Rehabilitation Contingency Planning


Whilst Flinders Power is confident that the use of the dust suppressant will be an effective seal, it is
noted that this is the first application of its kind on a large‐scale ash dam. Therefore, the ongoing
monitoring of the effectiveness of the solution will be critical. (Page 3)  

 

Storm event causes deterioration of suppressant leads to ineffective seal and risk of ash

dust migration … Off-site by strong winds (leading to)Adverse health impacts

caused by particulate exposure(Page 4)

 

“It is outrageous that both Flinders Power and the Weatherill Government were fully aware of the danger of Port Augusta being engulfed in a dust storm yet did virtually nothing to contain the threat when it actually emerged,” said Shadow Minister for the Environment Michelle Lensink.

 

“The Plan even details using planes to drop more suppressant in an attempt to contain the impact of a dust storm but that took days to eventuate.

 

“Minister Maher needs to explain why despite being warned that a storm event could lead to a dust storm and adverse health outcomes for the people of Port Augusta no immediate action was taken to suppress the dust.

 

“The people of Port Augusta have every reason to be very upset with the performance of both the company and the Weatherill Government in this crisis.”

news media
11January 2017

Port Augusta health crisis

The State Liberals have released a Safety Data Sheet published by Adelaide Brighton Cement that details the health implications of coming into contact with Fly Ash and called for a State Government taskforce to be established to oversee the containment efforts.

The Safety Data Sheet relating to fly ash from Port Augusta notes fly ash is classified as hazardous according to the Safe Work Australia and can cause;

  • skin irritation;

  • serious eye irritation;

  • respiratory irritation;

  • damage to organs;

  • warns against breathing it in; and

  • advises wearing protective gloves, clothing, eye protection and face protection when dealing with it.

“Adelaide Brighton Cement are in the business of using fly ash in the production of cement and its concerns about the health implications cannot be ignored by the Weatherill Government,” said Shadow Environment Minister Michelle Lensink.

“This is a public health crisis and the Weatherill Government needs to take the lead on containing the dust to protect the people of Port Augusta.

“A dedicated task force under the direction of the Premier needs to be establish to minimise the health risk the fly ash poses to people of Port Augusta.

“The lackadaisical attitude of the Weatherill Government to the public health threat to the people of Port Augusta has been totally unacceptable.

“The Port Augusta Power Station closed in May 2016 yet eight months later the health of the people of Port Augusta is being put at risk because of fly ash.”

news media
07January 2017

Renewables meeting will create more hot air than light

The State Liberals have seized on an admission from Premier Jay Weatherill on ABC radio that South Australia’s over-reliance on renewable energy has driven up the price of electricity to renew their call for an independent inquiry into last week’s state-wide power black-out.

news media
06October 2016

Liberals attack NRM tax increase

The State Liberals have introduced legislation that will force the Weatherill Government to reveal any ministerial directives to the NRM boards, in particular those jacking up the NRM levy, to end Labor’s habit of sneaking NRM tax increases in through the backdoor.

news media
07July 2016

Liberals muzzle Labor’s bad dog policies

The State Liberals have welcomed the passage of amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act, nearly three years after a bipartisan committee supported the changes that have finally, reluctantly been accepted by the Weatherill Government.

news media animalwelfare
06July 2016

Farmers hit by another Weatherill tax grab

The State Liberals will be applying the blowtorch to embattled Water Minister Ian Hunter in State Parliament today regarding the massive increases in the Natural Resources Management Levy.

news waterpricing media
17May 2016

Status of Women takes another hit from Labor Government

The State Liberals are demanding the Minister for the Status of Woman Gail Gago condemns Treasurer Koutsantonis’ use of highly obscene language in meetings with public servants.

news media
15October 2015

Casual attitude to TCE contamination continues

The State Liberals are deeply concerned for the health of residents of Beverley who have been living in the TCE contamination zone.

news media
03September 2015