Call to examine all allegations
THE Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) has urged the Queensland Government to thoroughly investigate the recent anonymous allegations that a contracted private enterprise company has falsified stack emission data.
GILG CEO Kurt Heidecker said if these claims were found to be genuine, then the government needed to take unequivocal action.
“It is disappointing that the credibility of the Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone (CHAG) study has been brought into question by these allegations,” Mr Heidecker said.
“These allegations did not query in any way the air quality testing used to produce the CHAG report and so the overwhelming positive findings of the CHAG report remain conclusive.”
Mr Heidecker said GILG is concerned that the media’s reaction has been to throw the baby out with the bath water.
“They (the media) have missed the critical distinction between these allegations about stack testing and the very different testing done for the CHAG.
“It is my understanding that the overwhelmingly positive findings of CHAG have not been questioned in any way by this anonymous person.
The CHAG report was based upon more than 12 months of air quality data collected by the Department of Environment and Resource Management and a detailed analysis completed by the Queensland Health.
The report was then reviewed by an independent risk assessment expert from Victoria.
The members of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group are: Boyne Smelters Limited, Queensland Alumina Limited, Rio Tinto-Yarwun, Cement Australia, and NRG Gladstone Operating Services.