New South Wales are conducting a Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness and performance of that states Environmental Protection Authority.
The move comes after a string of controversial decisions by the EPA and criticism that it was “more focused on protecting polluting industries than looking after the community and human health”. I’d agree with that assessment and would say it also applies to the EPA here in Western Australia too.
The Environmental Protection Act of 1986, in outlining the functions of the Environmental Protection Authority states as one of it’s key functions, this:
“to coordinate all such activities, whether governmental or otherwise, as are necessary to protect, restore or improve the environment in the State”
In WA they are at best terribly ineffective at their job.
Back in 2006, the transportation of ‘lead carbonate’ for export by Magellan Metals lead to large-scale poisonings in Esperance. Kids had high levels of lead in their bloodstream. Birds literally fell from the sky. Continue reading Investigate the EPA in WA. #100DaysOfBlogging #Day18