Pollution from exhaust stacks
Global health experts agree that pollution from traffic exhaust poses serious health risks. Emissions include nitrous oxides and particulate matter that, when breathed into the lungs, causes respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, and cancer. This has been repeatedly proven across numerous independent studies across the world(1).
Medical experts universally state that there is no safe level of exposure to these types of cancer-causing emissions, and that children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
Doctors have specifically been concerned with levels of airborne toxins from other similar tunnel projects around Sydney, such as the soon to be completed NorthConnex(2).
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced in July 2018 that “the proposed ventilation stacks are now away from schools, away from where people live”. Education minister Rob Stokes has said there is “no way in hell he will countenance exhaust stacks being built anywhere near a school”(3).
However the facts are that unfiltered exhaust stacks for this project will be very close to homes and schools, located:
- on Balgowlah Golf course (within 100m of homes, 500m of schools, child care facilities and aged care)
- near Kirkwood Ave, Seaforth (within 300m of homes)
- at Ernest St, Cammeray (within 100m of homes, and 300m of Anzac Park Public School).
It is projected that the exhaust stack at Balgowlah will be visible from the homes of thousands of residents who live on the surrounding hills; from the tall apartments at Stockland Balgowlah, from homes in Ellery Pde Seaforth, Maretimo St Balgowlah and everyone in between.
Watch a video from Dr Ray Nassar explaining the health impacts from exposure to traffic exhaust here: https://vimeo.com/278243564