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PM right to insist pulp mill satisfies 'all environmental considerations'

Prime Minister Howard is right to insist that the pulp mill satisfies 'all environmental considerations' before a decision on Gunns proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley is made, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The problem for Gunns is that its mill proposal cannot and does not satisfy the guidelines originally set for it, or the environmental or business expectations of the 100,000 people living in the Tamar Valley," Senator Brown said.

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Brown to Garrett: What does world's best practice mean?

Greens Leader Bob Brown has written to Shadow Environment Minister Peter Garrett asking him to define 'world's best practice' which Garrett insists is Labor's guide to accepting Gunns' pulp mill.
"Any pulp mill in Tasmania must meet world's best practice environmental standards and outcomes" – Peter Garrett
Senator Brown said world's best practice excludes the Gunns proposal because it:

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Pulp mill: Turnbull set to steal march on Rudd, Garrett – Brown

Monday, 27 August 2007
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Turnbull set to steal march on Rudd, Garrett – Brown
Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull's 'grave concerns' about Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal are in stark contrast to shadow Minister Peter Garrett's acquiescence on the issue, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"Peter has said that the mill will have to meet 'world's best environmental standards' but must know that it will not," Senator Brown said.

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Guidelines for a Pulp Mill consistent with Tasmania’s Clean Green Future

Tasmania's economic future depends on protecting its environment and building an innovative, knowledge- and service-based economy to which creative people are attracted because of the high quality of life.

We cannot compete in bulk commodity markets globally but need instead to build on our clean, green competitive advantage to access high value, low volume niche markets.

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Minister ducks on Gunns pulp mill's huge greenhouse gas pollution

Minister for Forests and Conservation, Eric Abetz, has declined to disagree with Greens Leader Bob Brown's claim that Gunns' proposed pulp mill in Tasmania will exude 110 million tonnes of greenhouse gases over 25 years.
Under questioning in the Senate, Senator Abetz could provide no alternative figures.
Senator Brown told the Senate that the mill's forest furnace would burn 500,000 tonnes of native wood annually but its electricity would be sold to the Melbourne market, via Basslink, as 'green power'.

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