Dump a 'toxic bomb': Serventy


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.

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.