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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

AMA CONCERNS ON PULP MILL MUST BE HEEDED

Tasmanian Greens ...Media Release

The Tasmanian Greens today supported the concerns raised by the AMA regarding a range of potential impacts of Gunns’ proposed pulp mill on human health, including effects on respiratory disease, impacts of odourous emissions, and the likelihood of increased road traffic causing road fatalities, air emissions and noise.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MHA, said that the government and Gunns Ltd must take the concerns of doctors seriously, and that the RPDC would need to revise their decision not to require a baseline health study for the Tamar valley in their final IIS Guidelines, because such a study is integral to addressing whether health impacts can be shown to have originated with a pulp mill.

“The concerns of doctors that a pulp mill could have a range of significant health effects are very real and must be taken seriously rather than being batted away with the usual spin-doctored statements asserting world’s best but evading full impact assessment,” Mr Booth said.

“The respiratory health impacts in the polluted Tamar air shed which extends over Launceston are already a national scandal affecting many of my constituents, yet a pulp mill could add to these and the AMA has put the acid on the government and Gunns to get serious about it.”

“A glaring hole in the Integrated Impact Statement guidelines was the failure to require a baseline health study throughout the Tamar valley so that there is something to make a scientific comparison with if a pulp mill is built and pollution from it seems to be having an effect, and the RPDC really should look at this again.”

“”The issue of increased logging traffic and other vehicles is also of note for the impacts on road trauma, as well as the increase in noise and particulate emissions,” Mr Booth said.

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