Clean air report a fraud?

THE Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone report (CHAG) may be fraudulent and have misleading data, according to an industry insider.

A former employee cum whistleblower who worked for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) alleges data is being fabricated and fraudulently provided to regulatory bodies and is going unchecked by the government.

According to media reports the scientist alleges that shortcuts were “habitually taken” when testing for air pollution from smoke stacks during his three-year tenure with the company.

“I saw on numerous times my superiors turning up on site with me to do the work and then saying that they couldn't be bothered doing the sampling,” he said.

“I've also seen them, for dioxins and furans, which were very expensive tests that had to be done, instead of doing the six-hour sample I've seen them pretend to have taken samples onto filter papers.”

The scientist alleges NATA and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) are not sufficiently regulating compliance to standards.

The CHAG Human Health Risk Assessment Report released by Queensland Health in August states that airborne contaminates do not exceed the relevant health-based standards.

CEO of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) Kurt Heidecker said when industry commissions stack emission tests the testing companies are always contracted on the condition they comply with NATA standards.

“It is therefore critical that this allegation be thoroughly investigated,” he said.

DERM and Queensland Environment Minister Kate Jones failed to respond by time of print.

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