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Monday, 21 January 2013

Environment Minister Parker must force independent testing and clean-up –

Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has called on the Environment Minister Robyn Parker to immediately commission independent testing to determine the extent of mercury contamination in the areas surrounding Orica's Botany plant, and ensure all necessary remediation is swiftly undertaken.

See today's Sun Herald investigation here

"The last time Orica didn’t respond swiftly to a pollution crisis it wasn't
just a  PR disaster for the company, but also the Environment Minister,
Robyn Parker. Mercury has serious human health impacts and families living
in the area have every right to be demanding answers," said Ms Faehrmann.

"If there are high levels of mercury contamination in the streets
surrounding Orica's Port Botany plant, then this is could be much more
serious than the Kooragang Island debacle and the Minister needs to urgently

"If Orica is reluctant to fund an investigation into their offsite mercury
pollution, then the EPA must force them to. If the EPA fails to do so, then
Environment Minister Robyn Parker must give the EPA a clear directive.

 "At a community consultation meeting with the company before Christmas,
Orica knocked back a proposal for an independent investigation into theirhistorical mercury pollution and attempted to point the finger at otherminor sources of mercury in the area such as household thermometers and dental amalgam. This is not good enough.

"If Orica has nothing to hide, they will agree to independent testing
today," said Ms Faehrmann.

Chisso Chemical, Minimata, Japan

Protecting babies from neurotoxins

A memorial for those who died or were sickened by mercury poisoning rests on a hill overlooking the town of Minamata, Japan and the Minamata Bay on June 8, 2007.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Guttenfelderaption

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