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The technology to remediate contaminated soils exists - it is already being used successfully around Tasmania with toxic legacies being turned into win-win situations.

On-site soil remediation of two highly contaminated Tasmanian sites has just successfully been completed with the full approval of the Environmental Protection Agency - the decommissioned Burnie pulp mill and the Wesley Vale pulp and paper mill.

“David O’Byrne’s comments today (Tues) fail to consider soil remediation. Tasmania does have options if the Copping C-cell doesn’t go ahead - better options with better outcomes,” said Angela Marsh, President of the Southern Beaches Conservation Society (SBCS).

“Remediating toxic waste is clearly a better solution to landfill where it can gradually leach into groundwater supplies and cause ongoing environment problems. Have Minister O’Byrne and Denison Labor candidate Jane Austin even heard of the National Waste Policy and the Tasmanian Waste & Resource Management Strategy?”

“If they paid any regard to the guiding principles within these documents they would be seeking to do everything in their power to avoid landfill developments and to champion such options as onsite remediation,” said Ms Marsh.

Southern Waste Solutions essentially want to create a great big hole in the ground then shop around desperately for anyone to fill it. They clearly have a very shaky business case.

On-site remediation is cheaper than a ‘dig–transport–dump’ option that will then require clean-fill to be transported back into the site.

“Tasmania already has the worst waste management practices in the country, with over-reliance on landfill. If the State government manage this correctly, we can have the Hobart Railyard redevelopment without dumping a toxic legacy onto the people who live in the Sorell municipality.”