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Greens Reject Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill

The Australian Greens today reaffirmed their opposition to the Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill and vowed to support the Tasmanian community in its ongoing efforts to protect the environment and stop the mill.

"Everyone knows that the approval process for this mill was totally corrupt and instead of legitimising it, the Federal Government should have demanded that the proponents resubmit their final proposal to a proper assessment process." Senator Christine Milne said today.

"Instead of giving Gunns the green light, the federal government should have backed the community in demanding rigorous analysis of the whole project especially since the Tasmanian government has proved to be such a company quisling.

"The people of the Tamar Valley do not want this mill and it has no social licence to operate.

"Potential joint venture partners need to be aware that the community is determined never to see this mill built in the Tamar Valley.

"The site was never justified in terms of atmospheric pollution or dispersion and dilution of pollution into Bass Strait"

"Atmospheric inversion in the Tamar Valley in winter will trap the pollution from the stacks and a great big stench will descend over the whole area when fugitive rotten egg gas emissions contaminate the air.

"Noise remains a big issue as this mill will operate 24 hours a day, and Gunns knows it cannot meet its noise level requirements.

"Having promised a chlorine free mill, ECF light will still deliver organochlorines into the marine environment where they will bioaccumulate in the food chain.

"Monitoring after the event is no substitute for not having the mill there in the first place," Senator Milne said.

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