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Contamination scandal demands urgent federal and state cooperation

Lee Rhiannon 18 Jun 2018

As the number of PFAS contaminated sites continues to grow, the Greens are calling on federal, state and territory governments to urgently offer assistance to impacted residents and workers and clean up the toxic chemicals.

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “It’s past time that Australia ratify the United Nation’s Stockholm Convention agreement to ban PFOS chemicals.

“The Turnbull government has been caught out trying to downplay the serious health impact of these chemicals. 

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Richmond RAAF Base toxic contamination - Defence must not repeat Williamtown mistakes

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2018

Following the release of the Defence Department report into toxic contamination coming off the Richmond RAAF Base, The Greens have called on the Federal Government to commit to an immediate clean up to protect the Hawkesbury River and the reputation of the Hawkesbury’s agriculture and river-based lifestyle.

The report found a 10 square kilometre plume of chemical contamination in groundwater surrounding the RAAF Base, contaminating Rickaby's Creek and Baker's Lagoon, with probable discharges into the Hawkesbury River.

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Williamtown contamination – from bad to worse

Lee Rhiannon 20 Nov 2017

Shock news on Sunday that the ‘red zone’, officially recognised as affected by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown, has been modified re-inforces the urgent need for investigation of buy-back options for local residents.

Local residents were doornocked and told at a meeting, called at very short notice, to confirm that many more properties are now affected.

Robyn Williams, from Port Stephens Greens said, “This news will be the last straw for many residents who have suspected for some time that they may not have been told the full story.

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Turnbull govt three year cover up - Williamtown residents deserve full, fair compensation for toxic contamination

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the Turnbull government to immediately pay full and fair compensation to all Williamtown residents whose properties have been contaminated following the admission by the Defence Department that they covered up the toxic scandal for three years before informing the locals.

“Williamtown residents have been put through hell for nearly three years because of the failure of the Turnbull government to pay compensation and to stop the chemical contamination coming off the RAAF base,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Williamtown residents class action

Lee Rhiannon 4 Nov 2016
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says the class action lawsuit filed against the Department of Defence this week is an understandable consequence of the Department’s failure to properly act on this issue.
“It should never have come to this. 
“After over a year of patience, aguish and stoic resilience, residents in Williamtown feel that they have exhausted all other avenues and have filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Defence. 
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Senate passes Greens/Xenophon motion on PFC contamination

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.

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