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Government intervention in EPA in WA in 2019

Government intervention in EPA in WA in 2019

"If you look at it in terms of household solar panels, it wipes out the entire savings of every single household solar installation in Australia for about 17 years."

Key points:

  • In 2019, the EPA wanted to introduce tough new emissions guidelines

  • The decision triggered a backlash from Woodside and the state's mining lobby

  • A single phone call from the WA premier led to the guidelines being scrapped

Western Australia's former  environmental protection chief has made the "extraordinary" claim that  the previous premier Mark McGowan pressured him to withdraw tough new  emissions guidelines.

The  then-head of the independent Environmental Protection Authority (EPA),  Dr Tom Hatton, has disclosed to the ABC never-before-told details of  what he described as a political intervention "unprecedented" in the  50-year history of the agency.

10 September 2023

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