|LEAD Action News Volume
15 Number 1, January 2015, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Editor-in-Chief: Elizabeth O’Brien, Editorial Team: Yiru Rocky Huang and David Ratcliffe
Newcastle Herald: Toxic Truth
"A DECADE after Pasminco’s lead and zinc smelter closed at Boolaroo and as the land is being prepared for redevelopment, the Newcastle Herald and Macquarie University collected more than 130 soil and dust samples from homes and public spaces in surrounding suburbs. The analysis revealed alarming levels of contamination remained, despite a government-approved Lead Abatement Scheme." - Newcastle Herald, Toxic Truth: Black slag risks 'ignored' (http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2729584/black-slag-risks-ignored/)
CAMPAIGNERS: Theresa Gordon member of the No Lead group that battled Pasminco, above. Picture: Marina Neil
November 1986: Pasminco Smelter (Photo: Newcastle Herald)
A decade after Pasminco closed its smelter at Boolaroo and as the remediated site is due to reopen with new residential and business development, the Newcastle Herald examines the impact of the remaining contamination and how it continues to affect the area.
The 'Toxic Truth' feature also reveals the problems of lead pollution the residents of Boolaroo are fighting. Residents argue that the government-approved Lead Abatement Strategy created to deal with contamination on properties was inadequate.
A study done by Macquarie University has found elevated levels of lead and other contaminants remain in the area and that dust continued to be blown from the Pasminco site to the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Residents are now demanding a review of the state government's lead abatement strategy and demand leadership and representation for the community, not more "lip service".
The archive of the Newcastle Herald's Toxic Truth investigation can be found in the next item.
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