The poor performance of Minister Parker in ensuring the people of Stockton are not exposed to toxic gases is indicative of the care they will take in ensuring an antimony mine will not poison our drinking water and rivers.
Will O'Farrell's government Orica performance sooth our concerns? No way!
Neither will the lack of public commitment by National, Labor or Independent Clarence byelection candidates to a complete ban on this mine's reopening as an open cut mine 1.5km by 0.5km.
Call the Greens 'extreme', then let them make the unpopular but necessary moves to save our environment. What hypocrisy!
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Media Release: November 13
Orica incidents are "only the very tip of the Orica pollution
Data from the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI), which tracks
pollution across Australia, shows during 2009/10, there were 69,000 kg
of fugitive air emissions of ammonia from the Orica Kooragang Island
facility, 77 times the quantity released during last week's accident.
This is amongst a total of 550,000kg of ammonia and hundreds of
thousands of kilos of other serious pollutants such as carbon
monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, volatile organic compounds, and harmful
particulate matter. Full details are attached.
"The response to the Orica incidents needs to be more than a witch
hunt against an underperforming Minister. We need comprehensive reform
that assesses and then reduces pollution being released into the
environment and communities," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Orica's fugitive ammonia emissions are the equivalent to last week's
incident occurring at least once a week, we just aren't told about it.
"This level of polluting is not acceptable. The government can no
longer look at the hexavalent chromium release and other recent
accidents in isolation. Business as usual at Orica meant nearby
residents were probably being exposed to dangerous chemicals every
"The EPA must get an urgent funding boost to undertake ongoing and
extensive auditing. This is the only way to protect communities around
the clock instead of only being able to respond when something gains
"The government should be reviewing and strengthening pollution
reduction targets across the board. Monitoring and compliance by the
EPA needs to be designed to meet those targets and reduce community
exposure to chemicals that are routinely released into the
environment," said Ms Faehrmann.
Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727
Full details of Orica pollution in 2009-10 here: