Opinion on the validity of the Pulp Mill Permit under the Pulp Mill Assessment Act.

SWECO PIC did not assess the mill for compliance with all the guidelines. SWECO PIC appears to have carried out an even narrower assessment than that required by the PMA Act, in particular failing to assess against guideline D.3.19, which requires that all potential [water] pollutants will meet the Australian Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality, against guidelines D.3.20-23, which set standards for biological studies of the marine environment and against D.4 of the Guidelines, which deals in detail with the monitoring regime for the mill to ensure compliance during its operations.

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