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Queensland waste company leaked poly­chlorinated biphenyls for three years; Council knew but didn’t tell Environ­mental Protection Agency

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Caboolture Shire Council knew a Narangba waste treat­ment company was leaking potentially cancer-causing chemicals for three years but did not notify the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA), reported The Courier Masil (8/9/2007, p. 3).

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Oil spill from fuel-transfer hose into ocean is ‘one in 50’, says Drillsearch as it details impacts of Marina-1 Exploration Well

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

While the probability of a major oil spill associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production facilities was low in Australian marine waters, consequences of such an event can be significant (Swan et al., 1994), noted the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon shows “poor judgment”; Gunns pulp mill saga grinds towards Turnbull’s desk, oiled by 700 submissions

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon had not helped himself, showing poor judgment when he allowed a company owned by Gunns to renovate his home when the state Government was trying to push through the $2 billion pulp-mill project for Gunns, according to The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 26).

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350,000 cigarette butts a day pour into Port Phillip Bay, following recent smoking laws

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

Sustainability Victoria last month released a report indicating at least 350,000 cigarette butts a day pour into Port Phillip Bay, a figure likely to increase with the new smoking laws, according to The Age (14/7/2007, p. 7).

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“A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel”: Howard’s support for Tamar pulp mill in Tas

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The proposed pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley was at the forefront of John Howard’s mind because it represented one part of his last-ditch plan to turn the polls around and snatch electoral victory, wrote Dennis Shanahan in The Australian (15/9/2007, p.19).

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Legal septic tank outfall stops water qual­ity testing at Tasmanian beach: consistently high enterococci levels

Posted by waterweek on 14 September 2007

Recreational water qual­ity testing at Jones Bay, Lewi­sham, had been stopped because it continued to show consistently high enterococci levels, reported The Mercury (7/9/2007, p. 9).

Pub has right to discharge: Sorell Council recently resolved to abandon water qual­ity testing because a septic tank outfall from Lewisham Tavern discharged directly into Pitt Water off Jones Bay. Enterococci testing indi­cates levels of faecal contami­nation. A council report said generally consistent high en­terococci levels detected in Jones Bay probably reflected the presence of primary treated septic waste from le­gally sanctioned discharges of effluent from the tavern. The council also has decided to drop testing at Okines Beach, Dodges Ferry, because little swimming occured there.

The Mercury, 7/9/2007, p. 9

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