August release for air report

THE Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone (CHAG) report will be released early next month, according to industry sources.

Due to insufficient data, the CHAG report has taken 22 months to compile, four months longer than originally planned.

Queensland Health are in charge of releasing the report, but have remained tight-lipped as to the exact date it will be presented to the Gladstone public.

“The human health risk assessment report produced by Queensland Health as part of the Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone project will be released shortly, following the release to stakeholders and reference groups,” Dr Margaret Young, Public Health Physician for Queensland Health said.

An industry insider told The Observer the report will be presented to the Gladstone Regional Council and then released to the public.

The CHAG project’s purpose is to investigate local air quality concerns through air monitoring, modelling and analysis.

Kurt Heidecker, from Gladstone Industry Leadership Group, said every member of the Gladstone community and industry was looking forward to the results to be released.

“Initially the Gladstone public were quite concerned about air quality, but they have been reassured due to the thoroughness of the process that the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) have gone through,” Mr Heidecker said.

“DERM’s rigorous scientific approach has been reassuring and they have gone out of their way to make sure the Gladstone community is engaged and aware of what the progress is with the reports.”

The CHAG process has been peer reviewed by air-quality experts, academics and Gladstone residents in the CHAG Community Reference Group.

Local air quality campaigner Ian Woodhouse said the report is all about transparency.

“As soon as the information is available we would call on the Queensland Government to release the information as soon as they possibly can because the whole process has been about being transparent,” Mr Woodhouse said.



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