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HOW WE CAN HANDLE WASTE BETTER

Posted in environment, fremantle, pollution, WASTE by freoview on February 16, 2015

“International zero waste experts, Professor Emeritus, Paul Connett, St Lawrence University, Canton New York and Professor Steffen Lehman, Head of Architecture and the School of the Built Environment at Curtin University, a zero waste and planning expert, will together with Mr lee Bell, heavy metals expert to the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Elimination Network (IPEN) and National Toxics Network (NTN) will be participating in a panel discussion, taking questions from the public about the four incinerators recently approved by the WA EPA and alternative solutions.

This is an incredible opportunity to hear from some of the worlds leading experts on the dangers of incineration and the pathways towards sustainable zero waste solutions for Western Australia.

The south metro region has been targeted for two massive incinerators making this an environmental health and justice issue for all south metro regional councils, their constituents and the environment.

As such all WA local governments are under pressure from regional councils to commit to long term waste management contracts to secure the vast waste streams needed to fuel the waste to energy incinerators planned for WA. With four incinerators approved in WA now, this pressure is set to increase. To understand how this dirty energy industry is being promoted, this article may be of interest to you.
http://www.energyjustice.net/content/zero-waste-landfill-how-incinerators-get-promoted

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Tuesday 17th Feb 2015, 6pm, Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth. (on the Freo train line City West train stop)

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WILL FREO BURN DOMESTIC WASTE?

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 13, 2014

It’s a worry to hear from environmentalist Lee Bell that the City of Fremantle could contemplate to start the very polluting incineration of domestic waste, with Mayor Brad Pettitt saying he has an open mind on burning waste.

The Mayor is joining a Liberal Party delegation to Japan to have a look at incinerators, according to Bell, who was a staff member to former Member for Fremantle Adele Carles.

Bell says that the Liberal party has adopted waste incineration as party policy in all states despite it being more polluting than coal in terms of CO2 and one of the major sources of highly toxic dioxin emissions. (Japan now has the highest levels of dioxin contamination in the world.) “It’s a crazy backward step.”

A Western Australian parliamentary document that details the tour describes it as having a “significant risk of negative public perception”

Do the W.A. Greens have a policy on domestic waste incineration or do they also have an open mind on it?

Roel Loopers

PORT LEAD BALLOON

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 28, 2010

According to an article by Jane Hammond in the West Australian newspaper on Saturday lead levels around Fremantle port are 40% above the accepted levels. This is obviously a worry to Fremantle residents and workers and should be investigated further.

What riles me though is that everyone immediately put their interpretation of the figures, or should that be spin, to it. Stop trying to be clever people. Just give us the truth, not speculations or interpreting the figures to your liking.

Magellan Metals, who started shipping lead through Fremantle since the Esperance disaster, claims that fingerprinting shows it is not their lead. Councillor Sam Wainright speculates it could come from the dredging, while Ports spokesman Gino Valenti reads the figures in a very different way than Lee Bell of the National Toxics Network, with the latter stating that the levels are unacceptably high.

The only one not putting spin on it is MUA state secretary Chris Cain who said he was waiting for further details before commenting on it.

I am sure we’ll here from all sites of politics on this during the week, but can everyone please stop the bulls… of playing politics with the health of the people of Fremantle. Esperance was a disgrace, surely we have learned something from it, or have we?

Roel Loopers

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