Daily Telegraph Ashlee Mullany 28 August 2015
CHEMICALS from the biggest ice lab ever found in NSW leached into the catchment area that feeds into Sydney’s water supply at Warragamba Dam west of the city. Court documents reveal waste and “methamphetamine byproducts” from the lab polluted the Yerranderie Catchment area, a pristine water supply that flows into Warragamba Dam.
Chemical experts carried out testing of the soil at the Yerranderie site after noticing dead trees in the area and allegedly found traces of caustic liquids and methamphetamine leaching into groundwater.
Radio National Background Briefing Gregg Borschmann 30 August 2015
New scientific research reveals the flood plumes from tropical rivers are travelling further and hanging around longer than previously thought, killing young corals and impacting reef growth. In addition, the sediments—and the attached nutrients—are linked to the latest outbreak of crown of thorns starfish on the reef.
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Brisbane Times Tony Moore August 12, 2015
A large plume of brown, dirty water seen in Southport’s Gold Coast Seaway this week is being investigated by government and university experts.
The huge brown water spill was not sewage, a Gold Coast Waterways spokesman said, but the source of the mysterious brown cloud of dirty water was unknown.
On Monday the huge wash of brown water could be seen kilometres out to sea after it appeared in the Gold Coast Seaway to the north of Southport.
Gold Coast City Council has two outflows on either side of the Gold Coast Seaway where it discharges treated sewage.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tests-into-mysterious-gold-coast-seaway-spill-20150812-gixr4q.html
AWA/Arup National Water Consumer Survey
The Australian Water Association and Arup are undertaking this survey to understand community attitudes to water. The results will assist the water industry to engage and empower consumers and help make sure that water is available and protected in the future.
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National Health and Medical Research Council 31 July 2015
Public Comments close on Monday, 31 August 2015, 05:00pm (AEST)
NHMRC is seeking public comment on draft amendments to Chapters Six and Eight of the ADWG. You are invited under paragraph 13(d) of the NHMRC Act 1992 to make a submission to NHMRC about the draft amendments. The draft amendments are as follows:
Chapter Six – Physical and Chemical Qualities of Drinking Water
Additional text has been drafted for Chapter Six that provides information on the process for determining interim guideline values for chemicals that have been detected in drinking water but do not have a guideline value in the ADWG.
Chapter Eight – Water Treatment Chemicals
The proposed amendments serve to update the information about the approval process for new water treatment chemicals. NHMRC previously had a role in approving new water treatment chemicals. However, consideration of the safety and efficacy of new water treatment chemicals is the responsibility of jurisdictional health regulatory authorities. Chapter Eight has been updated accordingly.
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