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AUSTRALIAN EXPORT OF TOXIC HCB WASTE TO DENMARK

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 14:20

poison_sm.gifWhy is our country proposing to export 6,000 of the 22,000 tonnes of hazardous hexachlorobenzene (HCB) waste for incineration to the Nyborg Incinerator in Denmark?

As a developed country and a signatory to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes & their Disposal (1989), doesn't Australia have a moral and a legal obligation to develop the capacity to manage its own toxic waste as it has done in the past?

We cannot understand why Hon. Peter Garrett AM, MP Minister for the Environment would approve a permit to send the toxic waste on such a dangerous and potentially disastrous journey across the oceans to be disposed of in Denmark, or any other country.    To incinerate such highly chlorinated waste would also cause other pollution issues as a result of toxic emissions to the air and the need to manage the toxic fly ash from the incinerator. 

The German German community and government have already rejected a previous application to import the toxic waste for incineration. If we continue to manufacture and utilize toxic materials and products then we must also undertake to dispose of them 'safly' in 'our own backyard'.

An independent assessment of Australia's technical capacity to dispose of the HCB wastes  is needed and as we believe Hon. Peter Garrett AM, MP Minister for the Environment has the technical capacity to manage it.

You can find more information on the National Toxic Network website here and there is also a sample letter if you would like to encourage our Minister for the Environment to observe the protocols of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes & their Disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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