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Gunns Ltd are constructing dams for which they do not have a permit and also breaking environmental guidelines for construction by failing to use and maintain properly constructed silt barriers at their pulp mill site at Longreach.

Gunns applied to the Assessment Committee for Dam Construction for dam permits on the 1st and 7th of September who ordinarily have 12 weeks to determine whether or not to grant approval.

“The EPA have a responsibility to ensure environmental management is lawfully observed. The information we have obtained casts serious doubts on the capacity of the EPA to do their job adequately” Said Code Green Spokesperson Jared Irwin.

“The fact that the EPA have overlooked these breaches also raises serious questions as to whether they have the resources and necessary commitment to obtain all information that would have been necessary to determine substantial commencement.”

Code Green have provided all evidence to the EPA including photos and the location of the photos taken on the site.

The EPA must investigate these breaches.

“This evidence clearly demonstrates that Gunns Ltd has no regard for the laws of our state, has no intention on becoming a better corporate citizen and that the EPA is failing as the government body in charge of environmental protection.” Said Mr. Irwin.

Code Green members will tomorrow morning appear in court for allegedly stopping work on the pulp mill site. Gunns are believed to be claiming compensation for loss of work. 

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First published: 2011-10-12 09:14 AM

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