PRO-PULP mill politicians have attempted to validate a critically non-compliant project in Tasmania; however, there are some things they cannot ignore.
The Australian Medical Association back in April 2007 told the ABC 7.30 Report the government was risking a major public health disaster by fast- tracking assessment of a controversial pulp mill.
Doctors said the project failed to meet pollution guidelines and the community would suffer.
Dr Michael Aizen, AMA state president at the time, said it was poor policy. It was poor government, and it was gambling with the health of people in Launceston.
Dr Aizen argued the guidelines being used were three years out of date and the mill failed to meet at least three official air pollution guidelines, on nitrogen oxides, sulphur compounds and engineering standards.
The AMA said the timber giant’s assurances to the RPDC were based on inaccurate, incomplete and misleading information. Just how much pollution is already generated from the nearby Bell Bay industrial site remains a secret.
Aron Gingis, environmental researcher with Australian Management Consolidated, said it will be like living at the end of an exhaust pipe.
The highest standard of scientific evidence has not been used to guide the construction of the mill. Known cancer causing PM2.5s have not even been taken into account.
Our health must come first and this is what has been critically ignored along the way.
– CLIVE M. STOTT, Grindelwald.
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