Another pollution incident: another reason for tougher pollution laws
Responding to serious concerns about the source and extent of drinking
water contamination at Port Botany (see today's Sun Herald p1), Greens
MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says urgent changes to
environmental laws are required to increase transparency by agencies
and companies involved.
"It is unacceptable that residents are kept in the dark about whether
their water, air or soil is contaminated. Law reform is urgently
needed to ensure communities are told everything they need to know by
agencies and companies whose activities risk their health and
environment," said Ms Faehrmann.
"How could Sydney Water stuff up taking a water sample from a resident
during a contamination incident? If it wasn’t deliberate then it was
"Ultimately the buck stops with the government and now is the time for
the Environment Minister Robyn Parker to step in. The community has
lost faith in the government representing its best interests when it
comes to pollution laws in this state. The incident laws aren't tough
enough and need to improve.
"Where is the Environment Minister when it comes to tackling the
pollution legacy that the people of Botany are facing? Residents are
desperate for peace of mind and Robyn Parker is AWOL," said Ms