GIVEN the levels of pollution that remain in the ground around an area that stretches from Argenton in the north to Teralba in the south, Speers Point in the east and all points west of the old Pasminco or Sulphide Corporation site, I must admit to being surprised that anyone is still allowed to live in the area (‘‘The long rise and short fall of a landmark’’ Herald 22/11).
RESEARCHERS should also look into why the designated ‘‘fallout’’ zone for the soil tests, blood tests and ‘‘abatement’’ program suddenly stops at Winding and Brush Creeks, effectively shutting out about three-quarters of the contaminated areas from those original tests. At the same time there were unaffected areas included in the ‘‘contamination area’’.
IT was encouraging to attend the first Newcastle council meeting, with a new lord mayor, who actually knows how to chair a meeting, and a council demonstrating its commitment to openness and transparency and putting forward positive policies that would reverse some of the regressive actions of the McCloy era.
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