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LEAD Action News vol 6 no 2, 1998, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Register of Questions – Boolaroo Liaison Meeting 26/8/98

Question from N. Hodgson to be included in the Agenda item next meeting

Could names and addresses of all members attending the meeting please be put on the minutes – or if a decision can’t be made on this at the meeting, I am happy to bring it up at the next meeting?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Can I attend the next meeting of the Remediation Management Committee to present my own case? If not why?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Why have the Environmental Health Centre ignored solid advice from Dr Vimpani about the health of my daughter?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Why have the Environmental Health Centre not investigated the source of the seriously high lead levels at my home?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

What led to the conclusion, by The Environment Health Centre, hat the back door of my house is the major source of lead when the high lead levels are the front of my house and the much lower levels are at the back?

Question from K .Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Have the Environmental Health Centre informed my neighbours of the high lead levels found at my house and have my neighbours been informed about the serious concerns generated by such extraordinary high lead levels? (Soil lead mean for Argenton 766ppm (Galvin et.al 1992 pp64) my level is 82,000ppm. Level for further investigation 300 ppm.

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Have my neighbours had environmental lead tests carried out?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

When my ceiling dust going to be tested?

Questionn from K .Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Where is the proof that the Selleys product "No More Gaps" is an adequate and durable product to be used in remediation?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

How can the Environmental Health Centre claim that remediation will work on my house when they have made no attempt to find out where such high lead levels are coming from in the first place?

Question from K. Hayter to be answered by Remediation Management Committee

Why have I not received a reply to my letter dated 29th July 1998 and directed to Steve Muggleton, as the Project Manager of the lead remediation process?

Due to the Remediation Committees failure to act on the seriousness of my lead problem, I request, through the Liaison Committee, that Remediation Committee undertake to pay for:

An independent laboratory to be contracted to de isotope testing on lead samples from inside and outside my home

That the EPA co-ordinate the supply of sample papers from the Pasminco air monitor samplers from Argenton to the persons undertaking the independent analysis.

That the EPA ensure that the above independent person is allowed access to Pasminco slag piles to obtain samples of any slag that is thought to be needed for testing.

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

Where did Mrs. Hayter live before moving to Argenton?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

How far into Mrs. Hayter’s pregnancy was she when she moved into the house?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

How long was Mrs. Hayter living in her home before giving birth?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

Is there any conclusive evidence that suggest Mrs. Hayter’s baby died from lead poisoning?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

What were Mrs. Hayter’s lead levels?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

Had Mrs. Hayter done any renovations to her home to cause elevated blood lead levels?

Question from C. Nissen to be answered by K. Hayter

Does Mrs. Hayter realise that she is causing distress to other mother with small children and pregnant women in the area?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Rev M Watt

Why was the first paragraph of Item 4.6 deleted from the 1st July 1998 minutes? I was told that this was stated at the meeting.

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Rev M Watt

Why was Mrs. Hayter allowed to tape the last meeting?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Kate Hayter

Could I please have a copy of the tapes?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Rev M Watt

Is this the first time the meeting has been taped? If not would like to state that this is illegal if permission is not granted before the commencement of the meeting. I would like copies of any tapes from previous meeting.

Question from J. Victor to be included in the Agenda item for next meeting

Who put up the warning posters around Boolaroo, Argenton and Speers Point?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

Why is that an advisory group from Sydney is allowed to monopolise the meeting when it is supposed to be a Liaison Meeting for the North Lake Macquarie community? Would they be here if they weren’t paid employees?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Does No-Lead still exist? If so where do they meet? Could their minutes be tabled at Liaison meetings?

Question from J. Victor to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Could No-Lead give a report about their meetings at the Liaison Meetings? If they are a bona fide group then their minutes should be public documents.

Question from D. Mason to be included in the Agenda Item for next meeting

Who put the "Lead Contaminated" flyer in our letter boxes, telegraph poles and shop windows?

Question from D. West to be answered by Kate Hayter

Could I have a copy of the tape recording of minutes done by Mrs. Hayter?

Question from D. West to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

If the Lead Advisory Service have a lead problem in Sydney what’s the source? Where’s the smelter?

Question from D. West to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Why did Theresa Gordon ask Mrs. Hayter’s questions?

Question from D. West to be answered by The Lead Advisory Service NSW.

The Lead Advisory Service NSW told us all night our lead source was Pasminco yet you want to waste money on tests to find the source.

Question from S. Lunn to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Theresa Gordon made the comment that she was the person who removed lead from petrol, did anyone else have input or only her?

Question from S. Lunn to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Does No-Lead still exist? When are the meetings? Are they advertised?

Question from S. Lunn to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

Why does the Lead Advisory Service NSW continue to criticise? Why are they so destructive? We are here for the same reason.

Question from S. Lunn to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

Who do the Lead Advisory Service NSW represent? Do they tell people who enquire from our community to contact the Environmental Health Centre?

Question from K. Collins to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

Elizabeth O’Brien stated at a public Liaison Meeting on 26/8/98 at Lake Macquarie City Council that her child had been diagnosed with lead poisoning! Does she have a personal vendetta with the lead problem and a vendetta for solving the problem in this community?

Question from D. West to be answered by Rhetorical

Prime TV or other media seem to want to print negative attitudes instead of listening to people that have positive good news items. A photographer from the Post Newspaper was invited to a presentation of the Cubby House and Nintendo prizes for the Round 11 blood testing program but of course no one showed. So may be its about time the media people started doing research into their stories instead of letting selective people have all the say and leaving all the local community out in the dark. The local people are the ones that should be having the say – the Vote Send the so called Groups back to Sydney and let them clean up their own backyards.

Question from K. Collins to be included in the Agenda Item for next meeting

Because the meetings are time limited, not everybody gets the chance to express their opinions on the issues that need to be discussed. Could the meeting go for two and half-hours. Reason: by the time departments or agencies decide on minutes from previous meetings 75% of the meeting time has gone.

Question from K. Collins to be answered by Kate Hayter

Mrs. Hayter says that she has had threatening calls, rape calls, food thrown at her and been assaulted – have all of these been reported to the police or neighbourhood watch?

Question from D. West to be answered by Kate Hayter

Mrs. Hayter said that she purchased her house in Argenton during 1995. Was she not aware of the lead problem? Was she not told about the lead problem?

Question from D. West to be answered by Kate Hayter

Did Mrs. Hayter know there was a 149 notation on her property? Was she notified by Lake Macquarie City Council or her solicitor about his hazard? If not why? You should have been notified by your legal representative on the 149 notation.

Question from D. West to be answered by Kate Hayter

What does Mrs. Hayter want from the Remediation Management Committee and Why?

Question from D. West to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

What do the Lead Advisory Service NSW actually do?

Question from D. West to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

Does the Lead Advisory Service NSW refer people to the Environmental Health Centre in Boolaroo? If not, Why?

Question from D. West to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Who does Theresa Gordon represent? Is it No-Lead? Who is No-Lead? Is it community people or selective people?

Question from D. West to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

Why does Theresa Gordon get involved in the lead problem in North Lake Macquarie when she is believed to live at Merewether?

Question from R. Victor to be answered by Theresa Gordon No-Lead

What is the Lead Advisory Service’s role in North Lake Macquarie?

Question from R. Victor to be answered by

Who was the guy in the brown jacket asking all the question? Is he a resident of North Lake Macquarie?

Question from R. Victor to be included in the Agenda Item for next meeting

Who distributed the "Warning – Lead Contaminated Area" posters?

Question from R. Victor to be included in the Agenda Item for next meeting

Who funded the "Warning – Lead Contaminated Area" posters?

Question from J. Latham to be answered by Lead Advisory Service NSW

What is the Lead Advisory Service NSW job on the committee?

Question from J. Latham to be answered by Chairperson

Why was there a tape recorder on the table going at the meeting and no one was asked or told that the whole meeting was being taped?

Question from J. Latham to be answered by Kate Hayter

What was the blood lead level of Kate Hayter’s child before she moved out of her house? What is the child’s blood lead levels now?

Question from J. Latham to be answered by Environmental Health Centre and Kate Hayter

What work does the Environmental Health Centre say has to be done to Kate Hayter’s house so she can move back in? What is the hold up on the work being carried out?

Question from J. Latham to be answered by ?

I thought that the meeting on Wednesday night (26/8/98) was to talk about the lead problem and how to clean it up, not to bash Pasminco like most of the non-residents did.

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