Air quality report released
THE Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone Project (CHAG) Human Health Risk Assessment Report was released by Queensland Health to the public yesterday.
The CHAG project was established in July 2007 to gain a better understanding of the impact of industrial air pollution on the quality of outdoor air in the area, and identify possible risks to health in the community.
Presenter of the report, Queensland Health Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said a large number of pollutants were monitored at multiple sites across the Gladstone area.
“None was found to be at levels exceeding the relevant health-based standards or guidelines or otherwise pose unacceptable risks to health.
“We now have a very good understanding of the air quality in Gladstone. I hope the results of this review of extensive air quality monitoring will help to allay the concerns of Gladstone residents,” Dr Young said.
Despite the reassurances, many residents in South Gladstone have raised concerns regarding the emissions of QAL and the adverse health affects from living so close to the refinery.
Dr Young said the issue was the ability of some acid and caustic depositions, which affect things such as metals, has on human health. “The Department of Environment and Resource Management has commissioned some work on acid and caustic emissions,” Dr Young said.
“That work is not completed as there was some difficulties along the way with that, so I guess there is still some further work to be completed.”