Michelle Lensink

A toxic response to Clovelly Park contamination

Yesterday’s revelations of dangerous levels of Trichloroethylene (TCE) pollution in another three houses in Clovelly Park is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s handling of this public health threat.

Yesterday’s revelations of dangerous levels of Trichloroethylene (TCE) pollution in another three houses in Clovelly Park is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s handling of this public health threat.

“It should not have taken until yesterday for the Weatherill Government to establish that the residents of these homes were at such risk,” said Shadow Minister for Environment Michelle Lensink.

“Yesterday’s results expose the Weatherill Government’s claim of acting in an abundance of caution regarding the contamination as dangerous nonsense.

“In fact the Weatherill Government has behaved negligently in respect of the risk TCE contamination has posed to people living in Clovelly Park.

“The Weatherill Government has done its best to ignore the health implications of TCE contamination in Clovelly Park since 2009.

“Rather than initiating a comprehensive, systematic testing regime to ensure the health of residents wasn’t being put at risk the Weatherill Government turned its back on Clovelly Park.

“Indeed even when testing carried out by Monroe Australia returned levels TCE above the USA EPA Reference Concentration of 2 ug/m3 at three properties in 2012 the State Government failed to initiative comprehensive testing.

“The residents of the three homes must be appalled that the Weatherill Government has known of TCE contamination in Clovelly Park homes since December 2012 but only just discovered dangerous levels of TCE in their homes in December 2014.

“It beggars belief that the Weatherill Labor Government exposed these residents to this airborne carcinogen for at least 24 moths.

“The Weatherill Government’s failure to act has exposed these people to an unacceptable level of risk and the Minister for the Environment should resign.”

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