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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Generations of school children stuck with toxic heaters

Media release: 27 February 2012

After years of damning research and lengthy reviews, the O'Farrell government's completely unacceptable timeline for the removal of toxic heaters will see some schools stuck with them forever, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: "The Coalition, once the champions of air quality in school classrooms, have joined their Labor predecessor in putting the budget bottom line ahead of the health of public school students.

"The government's own Environmental Health Risk Assessment report identified a 15 to 20 year life for unflued gas heaters.

"An entire generation of students could pass through a classroom before there will be any relief from the fumes and the damage they inflict on young lungs.

"This is a non-announcement. Progressively replacing unflued gas heaters as they age or breakdown with the same technology means that a school can take decades to reach critical point where a majority of the polluting heaters have reached their end of service life.

"The crocodile tears from the Labor party are reprehensible. In the face of irrefutable evidence of the damage caused by unflued gas heaters to young children, they steadfastly refused to act when they had the opportunity.

"Public school students have been condemned to ongoing respiratory disease by this deceptive announcement.

"Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is condemning entire generations of NSW public school children to spending their winters in toxic classrooms.

"The Coalition has learnt nothing from their predecessors. The evidence is irrefutable, but the NSW government is refusing to act," said Dr Kaye.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

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