AWA Source 6 July 2015
The Victorian Standing Committee on Environment and Planning has called for an inquiry on the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation for onshore unconventional gas.
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The Weekend Australian Greg Bearup, Dan Box pp 1 and 8
The federal government has been urged to adopt a national wastewater analysis scheme to accurately map the use of illicit drugs.
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Townsville Bulletin RACHEL RILEY July 10, 2015
TOXIC chemicals have continued to smoulder hours after a commercial laundry was destroyed by a fierce blaze, with fire investigators unable to enter the site yesterday to determine the cause.
Emergency services were called to Townsville Laundries on Woolcock St at Garbutt about 6.20pm on Wednesday but the intense fire destroyed the building and caused a structural collapse. Neighbouring businesses were under threat and fire crews battled to protect them.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Special Operations Unit Inspector Stephen Knight said officers were still putting out spot fires yesterday and had painstakingly removed bulk commercial chemicals and large stacks of clothing and manchester.
ABC News Sophie Scott, Alison Branley 7 July 2015
Significant levels of strong painkillers and anti-depressants have been found in tests conducted on water samples in Sydney Harbour.
The drugs were found by analysing samples of marine water from 30 sites adjacent to stormwater outlets across the entire Sydney estuary. Researchers said this was the first study to report micro-pollutants in the Sydney estuary and some pesticides in Australian marine waters. (Includes a list of drugs found)