MINISTER REFUSES TO HEAR SAFE LEAD OPTION FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Greens MP Adele Carles says she is shocked that the Minister for Environment has rushed through Magellan’s approval today, when the Minister knew full well that a large public company, Griffin Mining Ltd was offering to get involved in an alternative means of transporting lead that is more consistent with public health and safety.
“The Minister has rushed this approval through, before Griffin could get a fair hearing. Griffin went on the public record 2 weeks ago when it said on ABC TV that it would be financially viable for a refinery in Wiluna to be built to enable the export of lead blocks.”
“This would remove the risk posed by the release of lead carbonate dust.”
“This is what Magellan initially received approval for several years ago a
nd this is exactly what the Minister should be requiring Magellan to do now, given that the health of potentially thousands of residents is at stake” says Ms Carles.
“Magellan has a shocking history, it contaminated Esperance with the same product. It should not be given a second chance.”
“Given the bullying tactics we have witnessed this week with Irvernia threatening Griffin for daring to offer us a safe option, we dread seeing how this is going to play out in Fremantle.”
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