Pollution Information Tasmania

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Telling the Truth About Toxics in Tasmania

Pollution Information Tasmania (PIT) was formed in July 2009.

The statement announcing the formation of the PIT website stated that "government at all levels is failing to apply the precautionary principle on pollutants by supporting polluting industries and not protecting public and environmental health. This website will provide information to help lift community and government awareness about the serious issues concerning toxicants and their impact on human health and the environment. Our internationally promoted clean green image is undermined by a polluted Tasmania."[1]

PIT-SourceWatch website allows anyone to access information about pollution issues and also to upload information and alter content when new information becomes available. The website is independent of government & industry and its primary focus is directed to the support of One Health principles. The website aims to incorporate primary research from Tasmania on Human, Animal and Environmental health issues; data is presented under various webpages, however, readers are encouraged to use the search mode to find cross-over information on other PIT webpages.

Because the site aims to be accessible to all Tasmanians, information may not have been recently reviewed by professionals with relevant expertise. The content of any article or comment may recently have been changed, vandalised or altered by another user.

As a result, while every effort is made to ensure that the content is up to date and reliable, PIT’s network participants cannot guarantee the accuracy of information presented on the site. PIT does not accept any responsibility or liability to any person acting or relying on the information presented on the website or incorporated into it by reference. Individual users remain responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of any information presented on the website.

The National Toxics Network Inc. published an overview article entitled: Toxic Tasmania in 2010. National Toxics Network Inc


Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN)

The Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN) is a network of people dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Tasmanians and the environment.image here TPEHN will work with other organizations to promote preventative health strategies that will assist the community in reducing the risk of chronic illness that can be caused or exacerbated by toxicants in our environment. Our work encompasses a broad range of issues including toxicology, regulation and monitoring, contaminated sites, pollution,legislative reform and community education.

TPEHN will focus its research on developing One Health strategies and will:

(1) provide advocacy with other Tasmanian and national organizations including lobbying politically,

(2) collate research findings,

(3) assist in policy development, and

(4) advocate for people whose health has been affected by failures in regulation and control of environmental contaminants.

The World Health Organization acknowledges that proper environmental management is the key to avoiding the quarter of all preventable illnesses which are directly caused by environmental factors.

TPEHN aims to work towards lifting community and government awareness about the serious issues of toxic substances and their impact on human health, the health of our wildlife, domestic animals and the environment. TPEHN will focus on toxicants in air, soil, water, agricultural and processed food and consumer products. People working with the TPEHN have experience in the areas of public health, animal health or environmental management.

Become involved! We would love to hear from you. Go to our contact details.

Community Consultation with Government on Public & Environmental Health Investigations

For many people in the community who are at the very beginning of dealing with the health effects from pollution in the environment, it can be daunting to work out how to achieve positive outcomes. Governments and corporations are formidable and typically want to avoid the consequences of any responsibility they may have for the problems caused by environmental contaminants or ineffective public health investigations.

A number of guides for community members have been developed both in the United States and in Australia that provide useful advice to communities starting out on their campaign. The guides make for essential reading for people working on human health risks associated with environmental contaminants and the need for population based human and environmental health surveys:LEAD Action News Guide for Community Consultation with Government[2];National Toxics Network Community Engagement Campaign[3];U.S. Center for Health Environment and Justice - The Ten Rules of Community Organising[4] and Assessing Health Problems in Local Communities. [5]

Specific topics include:

International Conventions

TPEHN supports the work of the Australian National Toxics Network and the principles outlined in the 5 International Chemical Conventions.[2]:

• The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal - 1989

• The Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa - 1991

• The Waigani Convention' to Ban the Importation into Forum Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movements and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific region - 1995

• The Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade - 1998

• The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants - 2001


Contaminated Areas and Sites Legislation for Tasmania

Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network is reviewing the Tasmanian Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act [Part 5A - Contaminated Sites] and with advice from the Tasmanian Environmental Defenders Office have developed some key amendments.

The Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network's Contaminated Sites Legislative Amendments Position Paper December 2011 can be found at:

Toxic group's call for reforms on regulation of contaminated sites Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network Tasmanian Times, 14th December, 2011

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The Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network's revised Contaminated Sites Legislative Amendments Options Paper September 2012 can be found at:

Tasmanian Greens called on to support pollution control reforms TPEHN & CRCSBCS Tasmanian Times, 14th September, 2012

TPEHN Legislative Options Paper Download

Tasmanian Ecotoxicology Research Fund

Tasmania Ecotoxicology Research Fund (TETRF) with fund-patron Peter Cundall OAM was publicly launched on 20 November 2009 here PDF. The fund's first educational brochure about the impacts of pesticides on Tasmania’s drinking water - WARNING! - POISONED WATER? - was also launched in November 2009; it will be distributed widely throughout Tasmania. here PDF

The formation of the Tasmanian Ecotoxicology Research Fund (TETRF) was the idea of several concerned Tasmanian individuals and groups who feel it is time that our community became involved in an issue where governments have failed. If Tasmania is to maintain its clean-green image and ultimately a healthy and toxic-free environment, on-going community-based research is needed. TETRF- What is it? here PDF

TETRF will support community-based action on pollution issues and publish relevant information on a range of man-made chemicals and heavy metal and their impacts within the Tasmanian environment. The fund aims to support university research studies into eco-toxicology.

An advisory board to TETRF includes co-founders Drs Alison Bleaney and David Obendorf [7] The TETRF is no longer managed and audited by Environment Tasmania Inc. as TPEHN has now ceased its membership with this organisation. here PDF Tasmanian Conservation Trust has kindly agreed to take over the management and audting responsibility for TETRF for TPENH. We thank both organisations for their consideration.

What's New?

  • [8] Secrecy over Rosebery dust data needs to end Isla MacGregor, Tasmaniantimes.com, 22 May, 2013.
  • [9] Don't drink the water Ian Townsend, ABC Radio National, Background Briefing, 31st March, 2013,
  • [10] Dangerous Ground - The EPA's Toxic Legacy Monash University Investigative Journalism Students, Monash University, Victoria 2011-2012
  • [11] A Draft Mining Policy for Tasmania prepared jointly by Toxic Heavy Metals Tasmania Taskforce and TPEHN, September 2011
  • [12] Bleaney, A. - Letter to the Editor on the Use of NOEL/LOEL methodologies in ecotoxicology risk assessment studies in the 21st Century, 5 March 2012

TPEHN Pamphlets and Media Releases

Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network, Media Releases

Contact details

  • Dr. Alison Bleaney from Break O’Day Catchment Risk Group - sthelensmedc@vision.net.au (Public & environmental health issues)
  • Dr. David Leaman, geohydrologist based in Hobart
  • Isla MacGregor - Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania and Tasmanian Public & Environmental Health Network - opal@intas.net.au
  • Dr. David Obendorf - davidobendor@iinet.net.au (Public & environmental health issues); [Phone: Int + Aust Code + 3 6234 5561 ; in Australia 03 62345561]
  • Dr Ellen Naef - ellen.naef@bigpond.com (Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network)
  • Lindsay Phillips and Kay Seltitzas - Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania, (TPEHN) kay.seltitas@hotmail.com
  • Rob & Angelica Allen from Quality Air Tasmania - anji@bordernet.com.au (Air Pollution issues)

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. "Pollution Information Tasmania Launch", Media Release, August 1, 2009. (Not yet available online).
  2. International Chemical Conventions [1]

External resources

National Toxics Network Inc (Toxic Tasmania - January 2010).

The LEAD Group Inc. (Lead Education Abatement and Design Group).

Lock the Gate Alliance (The mission of the Lock the Gate Alliance is to protect Australia’s natural, environmental, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production).

Alliance for a Clean Environment (Western Australia Alliance for a Clean Environment Contaminated Sites).

Mineral Policy Institute (Mining Monitor publication of Mineral Policy Institute).

Environment Tasmania (Tasmania's environment council).

Pesticide Action Network North America (Pesticide Action Network North America).

Center for Health, Environment and Justice (US Center for Health, Environment and Justice).

Union of Concerned Scientists (Scientific Integrity - A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science).

United States Environmental Protection Agency (United States Environmental Protection Agency USEPA).

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry).

World Health Organization (World Health Organization public health and environment).

Environmental Health News (Publication of Environmental Health Sciences).

Institute of Science in Society (ISIS provides information promoting social accountability and ecological sustainability in science).

True Food Network (Consumer choice and health issues on GM Food).

Biological Farmers of Australia (The Organic Crusader Protecting Consumers).

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA is part of a global network of concerned medical professionals).

Additive Alert (Your Guide to Safer Shopping).

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