Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

National Water Commission under threat from Federal Government budget cuts

ABC News Alexandra Kirk 21 April 2014

The National Water Commission could be axed as part of the Federal Government’s savings drive.

The decade-old commission, an independent statutory authority which advises the Commonwealth on water policy, is “in the mix” for cuts and the ABC’s AM program understands it is likely to be wound up.

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Home insulation royal commission: Imported batts containing chemicals linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

ABC News Brad Ryan 15 April 2014

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

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Celebrity lawyer Erin Brockovich backs Arundel residents’ legal fight against the Suntown Tip

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran, Andrew Potts 17 April 2014

A COMMUNITY crusade backed by international legal activist Erin Brockovich has been given the green light to become the first class-action suit to go ahead in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Residents at a Gold Coast country club estate have been fighting for 15 years to prove they suffered environmental damage caused by the now-closed Suntown Tip at Arundel.  Arundel residents began questioning methane levels around the tip in late 1990s and called for the facility’s closure.

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Palmer gets nod for more toxic sludge

The Australian Hedley Thomas 17 April 2014

THE Queensland government is permitting Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery to discharge a much higher level of toxicity of contaminated sludge than six months ago.

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Queensland landholders claim secrecy over experimental coal gasification plant

ABC News Mark Solomons, Mark Willacy 16 April 2014

Landholders on Queensland’s Darling Downs say they are being kept in the dark about the nature of serious environmental harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.

Last week the Queensland Government filed four criminal charges of irreversible or “high impact” harm relating to the plant against resources company Linc Energy.

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Qld Government accused of scaring away UCG investors

Qld Government to keep close eye on tailings dams at Palmer nickel refinery

ABC News David Chen 15 April 2014

The Queensland Government says it will continue to monitor the water being released from tailings dams for toxic waste at Clive Palmer’s Yabulu nickel refinery near Townsville in the state’s north.

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‘Problem wells’ source of greenhouse gas at unexpected stage of natural gas production

(Purdue University 14 April 2014) High levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above shale gas wells at a production point not thought to be an important emissions source. The findings could have implications for the evaluation of the environmental impacts from natural gas production.The study, which is one of only a few to use a so-called “top down” approach that measures methane gas levels in the air above wells, identified seven individual well pads with high emission levels during the drilling stage

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Refrigerant in cars: Refreshingly cool, potentially toxic

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 9 April 2014) The refrigerant R1234yf is being considered for use in air conditioning systems in cars. Chemists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich now show that, in the event of a fire, it releases the highly poisonous carbonyl fluoride, and urge that its safety be reassessed.

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Toxic nickel dam ‘full’: minister

Brisbane Times Tony Moore 14 April 2014

The toxic tailings dam at the Queensland Nickel plant near Townsville is “full” and may have over-flowed, Queensland’s Environment Minister Andrew Powell has been told.  The plant at Yabalu in Halifax Bay, 25 kilometres north of Townsville, is on the coastline and in a Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

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Clive Palmer’s mine defends dam

Yabulu refinery shut down over tailings spill

Palmer says sludge claim is just mud

Gas firm accused of environmental harm at UCG trials site

ABC News 14 April 2014

The State Government says there is no threat to local water sources, despite charging a company with causing environmental harm at a coal gasification site on the Western Downs in southern Queensland.

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