Alcoa coal closure respects community's vision

Anglesea_mine_1969.jpgMay 12, 2015

Renewable energy plan needed to create new jobs.

Alcoa Australia have announced closure of the Anglesea coal mine and power plant on Aug 31 in response to a strong community campaign by Surf Coast Air Action.

Friends of the Earth have been a proud supporter of the Anglesea community in their fight for closing the polluting power plant and protecting public health. 

"We welcome Alcoa's decision. It respects the community's vision," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

"Alcoa's decision sets a precedent. It shows that community's can revoke the social licence for coal to operate." 

"The Anglesea community's campaign effectively made this polluting coal plant plant a stranded asset. Coal operators must be wondering which coal-affected community will be next to revoke the social licence."


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Leigh Ewbank

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