AT a meeting with Williamtown residents last week, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Paterson candidate John Brown called for the Red Zone to be redrawn in light of new international contamination standards and for the NSW Environment Protection Authority to investigate and prosecute the environmental crimes occurring at the Williamtown RAAF Base.
“The Greens are committed to working with the Williamtown community to create world class standards in dealing with the contamination crisis and assisting them to rebuild their lives,” Senator Rhiannon.
“We now know other communities around the country who live near RAAF bases and other centres where the toxic firefighting chemicals have been used are suffering similar problems to what Williamtown residents are coping with.
“As the federal environment agency does not have the ability to manage this crisis we are calling on state environment protection agencies to investigate and prosecute the environmental crimes occurring at Williamtown RAAF base and on other federal land.”
“We should clear away all administrative roadblocks that are stopping state environment protection agencies from taking a lead role in investigating, prosecuting and overseeing the clean-up of toxic contamination polluting soil, ground water and water ways around federal land,” said Senator Rhiannon.
“The Greens are calling for the new US EPA safe level standards for the contaminants PFOS and PFOA to become the Australian standard.
“The Red Zone boundaries should be reassessed using the new safe levels of 0.07 parts per billion for both PFOS and PFOA designated by the US EPA. The current levels being used in Australia are 0.2ppb for PFOS and 0.4ppb for PFOA.
Greens candidate John Brown said, “The Greens are continuing to call for residents and current and former Base workers to be offered blood tests.”
“We are appalled at how the Turnbull government is treating Williamtown residents,” he told News Of The Area.
“I am calling on all candidates to back the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into this crisis. Williamtown residents should be given every support to rebuild their lives.
“Impacted locals should be offered an adequate compensation scheme for lost income, business damage, property devaluation, health costs and any other hidden costs,” Mr Brown said.