The Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network have today called on Dr Roscoe Taylor to take stronger action on the public health impacts from the lead found in stainless steel water tanks at Kingston.

“Dr Roscoe Taylor has previously implemented the 5mcg/dl blood lead action level in Rosebery as a follow on from action taken by the WA Department of Health in the Esperance lead poisoning case”. said Spokesperson Isla MacGregor

“Dr Roscoe Taylor’s actions do not go far enough to protect public health given the alarmingly high blood lead results from people who have been drinking from these lead contaminated tanks”.

“Last year the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backed the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention’s (ACCCLPP) recommendation to lower the level for action on blood lead levels from 10mcg/dl to 5 mg/dl”.

“Dr Taylor needs to take stronger action to protect the public health of residents who have been affected by the lead in drinking water from these tanks and use the action level of 5mcg/dl.” said Isla MacGregor.