Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the latest
revelations about the toxic pollution legacy from Orica's facilities
at Port Botany in Sydney show just how important tough pollution laws
are for protecting community health.
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"This frightening saga is an excellent example of why governments need
to crack down on polluting industry with tough laws to protect
community health," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Orica has shown complete disregard for community health and local
residents. Only strong pollution laws will guarantee communities are
not exposed because too many big companies will always put shareholder
profits before being a good corporate citizen.
"It took the hard work of residents and, ultimately, media attention
to expose this mess. It should not have taken mothers concerned about
their kids' health to get action here.
"If communities have to scream from their rooftops before any action
is taken about potentially deadly contamination in their
neighbourhoods, then clearly our laws are failing them.
"I congratulate the EPA for finally taking a first step. However, the
review at Port Botany must include comprehensive and independent
testing in residents homes with the best available expertise. That
hasn't been guaranteed and without it, the 'review' will be
"The NSW Government must also now order a full audit with independent
testing around of all Orica's facilities both current and former.
Given Orica's track record, there's every reason to believe their
disregard for the safety of the community has been repeated
elsewhere," said Ms Faehrmann.