Dump a 'toxic bomb': Serventy

September 4, 1991

Dump a 'toxic bomb': Serventy

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — Opposition to the Queensland government's proposed toxic waste dump at Gulrulmundi is growing as the dangers involved become clearer to local residents and conservationists.

Prominent ecologist Vincent Serventy alleged recently that the Miles dump would become a "toxic bomb"waiting to explode.

He told an August 12 conference to discuss the plan that the choice of where to place an "industry" no one wanted always came down to where the anger of the locals was of little importance in terms of a government staying in power.

Geologist Dr George Gibson also addressed the conference, claiming the proposed Gulrulmundi toxic dump was close to a major geological fault system — a question which had not been addressed in the government's draft impact assessment of the site.

Gibson said the Burunga-Leichhardt site was one of the most significant in eastern Australia.

Debate is continuing around the country about the alternative of a high-temperature incinerator to dispose of toxic waste, an option favored by Vincent Serventy.

Greenpeace has denounced the incinerator plan, saying that it would promote further production of hazardous waste and emit toxic chemicals.

Residents of Miles and surrounding areas have organised and rallied in protest at the waste dump proceeding in their region.

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