M4 East EIS Volume 2D App J Human Health

M4 East EIS Volume 2D App J Human Health (pdf)

Contents Pages
Glossary of terms and abbreviations iii
Executive summary vii
1 Introduction 1-1
1.1 Overview of the project 1-1
1.2 Project location 1-3
1.3 Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements 1-4
1.4 Purpose of this report 1-5
2 Proposed project 2-1
2.1 Project features 2-1
2.2 Construction activities 2-6
3 Assessment methodology 3-1
3.1 What is a risk assessment? 3-1
3.2 Overall approach 3-1
4 Community profile 4-1
4.1 General 4-1
4.2 Surrounding area and population 4-2
4.3 Sensitive receivers 4-2
4.4 Population profile 4-5
4.5 Existing health of population 4-8
4.6 Uncertainties 4-13
5 Community concerns 5-1
6 Assessment of air quality impacts on local community 6-3
6.1 General 6-3
6.2 Existing air quality 6-3
6.3 Overview of air quality impact assessment 6-5
6.4 Assessment scenarios 6-8
6.5 Vehicle emissions 6-9
6.6 Assessment of volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 6-9
6.7 Assessment of carbon monoxide 6-17
6.8 Assessment of nitrogen dioxide 6-18
6.9 Assessment of particulate matter 6-25
6.10 Assessment of regulatory worst-case scenarios 6-8
6.11 Uncertainties 6-11
7 Assessment of in-tunnel air quality 7-1
7.1 General 7-1
7.2 Carbon monoxide 7-2
7.3 Nitrogen dioxide 7-3
7.4 Particulate matter 7-4
7.5 Overall assessment 7-6
8 Assessment of noise and vibration impacts on health 8-1
8.1 General 8-1
8.2 Existing noise environment 8-5
8.3 Background noise levels 8-5
8.4 Noise assessment criteria 8-5
8.5 Overview of noise and vibration assessment 8-8
8.6 Health outcomes relevant to noise 8-24
9 Assessment of social impacts on health 9-1
9.1 General 9-1
9.2 Changes in traffic 9-1
9.3 Changes in air quality 9-2
9.4 Changes in noise 9-3
9.5 Changes in community 9-4
9.6 Overall assessment 9-5
10 Conclusions 10-1
11 References 11-1
Appendix A Approach to risk assessment using exposure-response relationships A
Appendix B Approach to assessment of diesel particulate matter B
Appendix C Acceptable risk levels C
Appendix D Risk calculations: change in nitrogen dioxide concentrations D
Appendix E Risk calculations: change in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations E
Appendix F Calculations: change in population incidence for change in PM2.5 concentrations in community F
Appendix G Risk calculations: change in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations for cumulative scenario G G
Appendix H Risk calculations: regulatory worst-case H

One thought on “M4 East EIS Volume 2D App J Human Health

  1. Whilst reviewing the human health appendix (J) of Volume 2D, two things jumped out at me.

    1.Throughout the report there is often reference (starting on page 4-8), to the ‘Sydney Area Health Service’ in relation to tables, statistics, other information and comments. The problem is that area health services have not existed in Sydney since 2010 and there was never a single ‘Sydney Area Health Service’. We now have a number of different Local Health Districts.

    This mistake makes me question the source, accuracy and currency of the heath information data used in the EIS report. The data used in the report seems jumbled and mixed up, and not necessarily matched up to present a coherent analysis of the human health status of Sydney’s population.

    The EIS report can’t have been written by someone in the know. If it was, such repeated and inaccurate attribution would have not been made. Surely not? Makes me wonder whether this human health report may been recycled and partially ‘updated’ from previous attempts to build a short, medium or long tunnel through Haberfield.

    2. Look and check it out (page 1-4):

    ‘Table 1.2 Error! Reference source not found. provides details of the human health requirements outlined in the agency letters and a cross reference to the relevant section(s) of this report which address these conditions.’

    A layout mistake, or have they really lost their reference source from NSW Health and Ashfield Council, and/or other agencies? Who knows, and how much weight we an give to the validity any data or information presented in this appendix?



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