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100 zinc workers exposed to carcino­genic acid mist at Hobart’s Nyrstar plant: medical help sought; assessment needed

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

One hundred zinc workers had been exposed to carcino­genic acid mist at Hobart’s Nyrstar plant, according to the Con­struction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, wrote Michelle Paine in The Mercury (10/10/2007, p. 13).

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Outraged Greens opt for open ticket as Labor and Coalition support Gunns

Posted by gmarkets on 10 October, 2007

Federal Environmental Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was not appropriate for the commonwealth to assess the greenhouse gas emissions from individual projects, such as the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania, as this was better dealt with by a national emissions trading regime, reported The Australian Financial Review (5/10/2007, p. 10).

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Gunns gains from commodity price boom: plan based on $US520 a tonne; and wood pulp prices now $US720 a tonne

Posted by gmarkets on 10 October, 2007

According to Malcolm Maiden, in The Age, (5/10/2007, p. B1), stripped of emotion, the pulp mill that Gunns will now almost certainly build on the banks of the Tamar River in Tasmania was part of the commodity price boom that has been carrying the Australian economy along for half a decade. Pulp prices have been steadily rising since 2001 and 2002, off a base of about $US500 a tonne, to a spot quote of $US720 a tonne.

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Greens outrage at Labor, Liberal support for pulp-mill: won’t direct voting preferences to either party in Tas

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

The Greens labelled him a sell­out and the Prime Minster called him chicken – either way, Peter Garrett could not win after he announced Labor would back Malcolm Turnbull’s ap­proval of a pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, wrote chief political correspondent Phillip Coorey in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.4).

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Gunn’s bank – ANZ – wonders if it will lose face more face than it makes in profits if it lends to the unpopular project

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

Gunns – customer of ANZ for more than 20 years could lose its bank. According to Stephanie Peatling, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, (6/10/2007), p. 5, one of the country’s largest banks, – ANZ, was to consider whether it would fund the Gunns pulp mill, saying it must assess whether the Tasmanian project meets its environmental standards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rainfall in SW Tas likely to increase 10pc, taking in important Hydro catchment areas; but others areas get 10-20pc less, says new CSIRO model

Posted by gmarkets on 5 October, 2007

According to Peter Boyer, CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research scientists have developed a variable-resolution climate model capable of providing fine resolution over a rela­tively small area like Tasmania, reported The Mercury (2/10/2007, p.17). Read the rest of this entry »

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Ethanol-blended petrol on sale in Tas for first time: LRP to be phased-out

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

Ethanol-blended petrol went on sale in Tasmanian service stations for the first time in late July, reported The Mercury (28/7/2007, p.5).

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Tas police take legal action to recover costs from forest protester: ‘unprecedented’ move, say lawyers

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

In a move lawyers called unusual and unprecedented, Tasmania Police was taking legal action to recover costs from a forest protester, reported The Mercury (5/9/2007, p.1).

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Gunns Tasmania mill’s fate hangs in balance: Fed Cabinet refuses to make a decision after Government chief scientist gives thumbs down to mill in current form; Gunns told to agree to more stringent effluent controls

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

According to Sue Neales, chief reporter of The Mercury, (27/09/2007, p.5), Federal Cabinet refused to make a decision on the future of the world’s largest pulp mill, the $1.9 billion Tasmanian mill, after being told last week that government chief scientist Jim Peacock had recommended, after a four-week inquiry, that the Federal Government not approve the mill in its current form unless proponent Gunns agreed to incorporate more stringent effluent controls.

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Tas’s Kingborough Council inaugural energy challenge fails to produce real drop in energy consumption; but a useful exercise anyway, says Mayor

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

A cold and damp weekend stopped Kingborough Council’s inaugural energy challenge achieving its objective, reported The Mercury (14/8/2007, p.7).

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