“As previously concluded by the Independent Review Panel (2006), long-term storage of this waste represents an unacceptable level of risk given mixed land use containing residential and commercial operations at Botany,” Professor Chubb said in a letter to Peter Garrett dated December 5, 2011.  Full story by Vanessa Watson, Southern Courier.

See Previous Post:   UNACCEPTABLE RISK FOR RESIDENTS OF NORTH BOTANY BAY – REMOVAL OF ORICA’S HEXACHLOROBENE STOCKPILE IS URGENT – October 2011

See Ukraine report on dangers of storage of HCB

The short-term solution is to move the stockpile to a site which is at an acceptable distance from human settlement.  Orica began repackaging its HCB stockpile in June 2007.  The drums have a ‘transport life’ of 5 years so a site needs to be identified very soon.

2 Responses to “Chief Scientist says storage of HCB at Botany is unacceptable risk”
  1. Community Forum – Development on Denison Street, Eastgardens | Matraville Precinct says:

    […] 24/01/12 Chief Scientist: long term HCB storage presents unacceptable risk […]

  2. Lynda Newnam says:

    Comments from Southern Courier after export to Denmark announced by Peter Garrett in August 2010:

    Jens Homann
    writes:

    Posted on
    1 Dec 10 at 07:27am
    YOU MADE IT, YOU DESTROY IT ! Do not ship one of the most toxic chemical-waste, half way round the globe, WE DO NOT WANT IT !

    Dane living in Denmark !

    Bodil Stilling
    writes:

    Posted on
    25 Nov 10 at 04:34am
    Dear Australians

    I hope that you will welcome us 4.5 million Danes, when your have poisoned our small country (43.094 km²). May be you also will take care of the rest of the population around the Baltic see.

    Please stop this madness and take care of your own poison.

    Camilla Bromann
    writes:

    Posted on
    8 Nov 10 at 04:46pm
    If you read articles from Denmark, most of them point out that the Danish chemical waste factory Kommunekemi in Nyborg is not even capable of destroying HCB. HCB molokyles will only rip apart by burning them at 2000 celcius degrees. Kommunekemi only burns at 1200 celcius degrees. This is a fact. Eventhough I am aware that 99,7% of the Australian population doesn’t read or understand danish, I have attached links to danish articles about this subject. Maybe some of you will understand.. I haven’t been able to find any Australian articles pointing out this fact.

    Denmark will be in the same situation as Australia has been since 1963. The chemicals will be stored away and pollute local communities because they haven’t got the right technology to destroy it!

    http://ing.dk/artikel/109852-naturfredningsforening-raser-over-6100-ton-giftige-pesticider-paa-vej-til-fyn

    http://www.tv2fyn.dk/article/233639:Giftigt-affald-giver-50-millioner-i-kassen

    http://avisen.dk/blogs/nunne/giftsagen-ministeren-lyver_27902.aspx

    I am a danish woman living in Australia but I am from the area where they will ship the chemical waste to. This should not be happening. Someone must stop this!

    Jo Immig
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 11:36am
    Mr Garrett says himself that ‘… Investigations have also found that it would take many years to develop suitable facilities and at significant cost”. These facilities could have been built by now. Australia has had the technological capability for a long while. Instead, we get the cheap and dirty option, conveniently announced days before an election, to send it to Denmark after Germany refused to take it. Mr Garrett has let the Australian and Danish communities down.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:36am
    But the movement of the garbage is surely no one way street. The TAZ reported .. Australia is thinking about a large disposal zone – planned camp for radioactive medical waste which could also accommodate nuclear waste from around the world.” If then Australia states that it can not dispose of the toxic HCB waste, one should start wondering. Are politicians nowadays paid so poorly that they are dependent on “secondary activities” by investors, (Garbage-) companies and lobbyists? As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:34am
    But the movement of the garbage is surely no one way street. The TAZ reported .. Australia is thinking about a large disposal zone – planned camp for radioactive medical waste which could also accommodate nuclear waste from around the world.” If then Australia states that it can not dispose of the toxic HCB waste, one should start wondering. Are politicians nowadays paid so poorly that they are dependent on “secondary activities” by investors, (Garbage-) companies and lobbyists? As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:32am
    But the movement of the garbage is surely no one way street. The TAZ reported .. Australia is thinking about a large disposal zone – planned camp for radioactive medical waste which could also accommodate nuclear waste from around the world.” If then Australia states that it can not dispose of the toxic HCB waste, one should start wondering. Are politicians nowadays paid so poorly that they are dependent on “secondary activities” by investors, (Garbage-) companies and lobbyists? As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:31am
    Aber eine Einbahnstraße ist die Müllverschiebung sicher nicht. Die TAZ berichtete „..Australien liebäugelt mit großem Endlager – geplantes Lager für strahlende medizinische Abfälle könnte Atommüll aus aller Welt aufnehmen..“ Wenn dann Australien behauptet, es könnte den toxische HCB Abfall nicht entsorgen, so sollte man schon nachdenklich werden. Werden die Politiker mittlerweile so armselig bezahlt, dass sie auf „Nebentätigkeiten“ von Investoren, (Müll-)Firmen und Lobbyisten angewiesen sind? Wie sagt doch ein englisches Sprichwort: „a golden Key can open any door“. Soll hier nun eine Tür als Präzedenzfall aufgeschlossen werden, um das internationale lukrative Giftmüllgeschäft gesellschaftfähig zu machen – es bleibt abzuwarten.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:25am
    A real bad story – sorry

    As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen. You can find the hole story at http://www.pro-herten.de

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:23am
    For decades Australia tries to make us believe that there are no disposal facilities in the local country – because incinerators get in the “densely populated country” no acceptance from the population. Our former Environment Minister Uhlenberg (Germany / NRW) finds this argument also due to a legal opinion more than implausible. In his opinion, this project is contrary to law to international agreements (Basel Convention). And now, three days before an election in Australia the local Environment Minister Peter Garret approves the export of toxic waste lying there for 30 years and relieves there in the constituency of his party colleague the local population! As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen.

    Joachim Juergens
    writes:

    Posted on
    23 Aug 10 at 06:21am
    Baerbel Hoehn (Former Minister of Environment of North Rhine Westphalia) said on our HCB event in Herten, “… the most money you can made today with drugs, prostitution and garbage …” For decades Australia tries to make us believe that there are no disposal facilities in the local country – because incinerators get in the “densely populated country” no acceptance from the population. Our former German Environment Minister Uhlenberg (NRW)finds this argument also due to a legal opinion more than implausible. In his opinion, this project is contrary to law to international agreements (Basel Convention). And now, three days before an election in Australia the local Environment Minister Peter Garret approves the export of toxic waste lying there for 30 years and relieves there in the constituency of his party colleague the local population!

    As an English proverb states: “A golden key can open any door”.Shall this opening of a door be a test case in order to make the international profitable garbage business socially acceptable- it remains to be seen.

    Natalie Brown
    writes:

    Posted on
    20 Aug 10 at 10:23pm
    Unfortunatelly I have to say that even One Nation is better than Labor. I’ll vote Liberal this time.

    Jonathon Adams
    writes:

    Posted on
    20 Aug 10 at 07:39pm
    It would be nice if we knew the date of the shipment. Peter Garrett lost his credibility and Labor party lost its way.

    Cheers, Jonathon

    David
    writes:

    Posted on
    20 Aug 10 at 10:46am
    Isn’t that what election campaigns are all about, Natalie – political stunts? And with Labor and the Coalition trying to appeal to everyone, with the Greens’ impractical idealism appealing to the elite, who WILL you vote for? One Nation?

    Natalie Brown
    writes:

    Posted on
    20 Aug 10 at 07:43am
    This is nothing more than political stunt just three days before the election. Sorry Peter but you are not going to get my vote this time. Too many broken promises.

    erik petersen
    writes:

    Posted on
    20 Aug 10 at 04:57am
    Hi, we live about 10 km from where the Danish company will try to burn the HCB,PCB and Fouran stof from Orica, and we are pretty sure that the oven in DK only will burn with 1200 deg celcius, we don´t think it is safe to burn the stuff, we are afraid it will transfer to another media such as fly ash, filter cake, scrubber liquors or bottom ash. Dioxins will remain in the unwanted ash by-products and have the potential to pollute the Danish environment. We don´t have any special salt mines for the toxic ashwaste, and the will put it in a normal wastepile with a thin membrane laying only 50m from the baltic sea on funen. They even speak of distributing it on the roads for construction. We apiel to all Australiens to help us to stop this madness. Denmark is a very small country, and if we get a serius accident we cannot live here anymore. Please take your responsibillity as a industrialized country serious, we have a environment minister that really don´t understand anything, she has been warned by NTN in 2008, but obviusly she don´t follow advises. Even the local Greenpeace are held still by ??????? We are afraid !!!!!!!!!! Help us.

    John Frank
    writes:

    Posted on
    19 Aug 10 at 08:38pm
    Wow, that is great news. The residents of Botany were waiting for this to happen almost 40 years and now just three days before the federal election Peter the Great signed the export license. It would be nice if we knew the shipping date.

    John from Matraville

    David
    writes:

    Posted on
    19 Aug 10 at 04:54pm
    Now that Peter Garrett has solved the toxic waste problem at Botany and saved Malabar Headland (local issues), I’m wondering if there’s anything left over from the pork barrel for some arts funding. He still has a day to make an announcement!

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