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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Health

Greens accuse government of chemical cover-up

ABC Online

The Tasmanian Greens claim the government is covering up the results of water testing across the state. The Greens say a Freedom of Information request shows the government is not publishing all the agricultural chemical detections found in many waterways. Read more here

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  1. alison bleaney

    March 28, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Pesticides and Parkinson’s disease – another study that increases the evidence of a link between the two. Know somebody with this disease? It is not an easy disease to live through or with.
    Dr Alison Bleaney

    Study links Parkinson’s to pesticide exposure. Scientists have found further evidence of a link between Parkinson’s disease and long-term exposure to pesticides. London Guardian, England. [related stories]
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/mar/28/parkinsons.disease

  2. alison bleaney

    March 15, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    The question arises form the FOI pesticide results and the persistence of low level pollution;
    Is simazine now contaminating groundwaters? Where has the testing been done?
    If not why not?
    Simazine and atrazine has been used and contamination demonstrated since 1990s but with no adequate assessment of risk by water users for irrigation, animal and human drinking water and no
    information given to the public despite DPIW knowing that this was and has been a real issue. Mis-information and deceipt through no information means that consumers cannot not make informed decisions as to what action to take with their water.
    Dr Alison Bleaney

  3. alison bleaney

    March 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

    New crop of chemicals is found in birds’ eggs
    Complete article at:
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/03/11/new_crop_of_chemicals_is_found_in_birds_eggs

    Where are the equivalent studies in Tasmania?? (or even in Australia????)
    Do we have any idea of what we are being exposed to even when the very rare TDFT has been raging for over 10 years?
    Don’t you think it is time we attempted to find out??

    Dr Alison Bleaney

    “If it’s in our wildlife, it’s in our kids,” said Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Audubon Society.

    As we already know, it’s a fact that chemicals are in our kids with the CDC also reporting some chemicals build in their bodies at faster rates than adults. The statement might be more accurate as, “If it’s affecting the behavior of our wildlife, it’s affecting the behavior of our kids.”

    Jackie
    Jackie Lombardo

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  4. alison bleaney

    March 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    ‘Water’ in Tasmania, is the responsibility of the Dept of the Premier, who delegates that responsibility to Dept of Primary Industry and Water. In general, DPIW is responsible for water until it reaches the water intake pipes etc for that town. Then the ‘water body’ be it Esk Water or the local council takes over that responsibility. They are responsible – legally – under the Dept of Public Health for the drinking water. By law, it is supposed to be ‘clean, safe and non-toxic’.
    DPIW is also the Dept that regulates the use of pesticides; what can be used, by whom, where and when.
    It is that simple.
    If the catchments are not protected from chemical using industries, who are allowed to aerially spray pesticides, and the quantity of water flowing in the rivers is diminishing; DPIW cannot ‘persuade’ consumers to have confidence in the safety of the water held in these catchments by testing only for water soluble chemicals (grab samples), at the bottom of the catchments, 4 times a year.
    It is that simple.
    The Premier can ‘explore the possibility’ of protecting catchments from pesticides, if he wants to.

    Dr Alison Bleaney

  5. Rocky

    March 1, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    In Iraq the have just sentenced Chemical Ali to be hanged for his crimes.
    Now, who’s responsible for the chemical poisoning in Tasmania?

  6. Brenda Rosser

    March 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Another frightening piece of news:

    “..At some times of the year in those heavily farmed counties, the chemical has been found at levels of parts per million instead of parts per billion, Kraemer said. The difference is huge, basically a factor of 1,000. Kraemer said 80 percent of the wells the center tests in those counties exceed the EPA limits for atrazine and other toxic chemicals…”

    SEMO center finds groundwater with pesticide levels far above the EPA’s maximum limit. Saturday, March 1, 2008. By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian
    http://www.semissourian.com/story/print/1315176.html

    Surely the levels of triazines would follow the same pattern in Tasmania. Is this another alarming piece of evidence being suppressed by the Tasmanian Government?

  7. Brenda Rosser

    February 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Today’s latest:
    Medical researchers angered by Govt suppression
    By PM’s David Mark
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/01/2177010.htm?section=justin

    “I think in fact it’s probably an opportune time for health ministers in particular, to actually talk to their bureaucrats and say, why are we suppressing epidemiological and public health research?” he said. “Why don’t we actually make it public as soon as we can? There’s got to be a really, really good reason to suppress it.”

  8. alison bleaney

    February 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Water pollution from pesticides affects more than peoples drinking water.
    The National Water Initiative has the ability to control the level of pollution allowed in waterways — if the Government wants to.
    This Tasmanian Government must decide which approach it will take; the ‘clean and green’ State or the ‘poor and polluted’ State.
    They can ‘explore the possibilities’.

    Dr Alison Bleaney

    PANNUPS 29-02-2008
    No barrier for pesticides: The Great Barrier Reef that lies off the coast of
    Queensland has been suffering from the impacts of global warming and a changing ecosystem. Now, according to The Australian
    (http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,23127046-2702,00.html), the reef is threatened by pesticide run-off from local farms. The massive
    floods that struck the region in January drowned wildlife, depriving birds of food, and flushed snakes out of their habitat and into suburban
    backyards. Agricultural chemicals from cane fields and mining wastes from the Bowen Basin are usually prevented from reaching the waterways but
    “they have suddenly been flushed out and there’s nothing we can do about them,” says Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Toby Hutcheon. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reports the most common pesticides found in the region’s runoff are diuron and atrazine
    (http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/21893/part2_mmp_annual_report_overview.pdf).
    “The Great Barrier Reef is such a delicate ecosystem,” Hutcheon notes, “it
    could be years before we see proper recovery.”

  9. Brenda Rosser

    February 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Well, the ABC have known that the Tasmanian Goverment was involved in chemical cover-up and corruption for some years now. How do I know? Because I repeatedly phoned the reporters (and at the Mercury and Advocate). Sent them emails with details over and over again.

    Fact is, they wouldn’t take up the story I had. They wouldn’t investigate. The reporter that was said to be organised to come around to interview me never did arrive.

    It’s now 10 years down the track of incredibly escalated pesticide abuse. And all they can come up with the ‘Greens accuse…”

    How pathetic!

  10. alison bleaney

    February 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Have just had a read of Greens media release on water contamination results.

    So, -no 1080 mentioned- that is ADDED pollution
    -no total load of all pesticides used (collected on anything that is not just plain water ie silt, topsoil in river)- that is ADDED pollution
    – no measure of actual groundwater load of pesticides- that is ADDED pollution
    -no measure of pesticides close to where they were sprayed or next door properties- that is ADDED pollution
    -no measure of pesticides in air, on roofs (in drinking water)- that is ADDED pollution
    – no measure of pesticides in soil- that is ADDED pollution

    Great to see the ‘clean and green’ vegetable promotion last week. Where are they being grown?
    Where are they being sold?
    Who is responsible for the quality control?
    Same for aquaculture industry.

    What exact amount of pesticide load are we and our animals drinking and eating?
    Consumers have a right to know the answers to these questions.
    It may be cheaper for the Government to attempt to minimise the exposure to these toxic pollutants than continualling trying to defend the undefendable.
    These issues will not go away.

  11. Dave Groves

    February 28, 2008 at 9:18 am

    At last some action?

    You have the power to make this right, don’t stop now, don’t drop the ball….

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