MEDIA RELEASE - 25th July 2000
Latest Figures from The Lead Advisory Service Australia
Ms OBrien explained that, "An important agreement from the Lead Roundtable was that:-" all Governments would work towards the development of a National Lead Abatement Strategy including appropriate strategies for remediation of areas with site-specific lead problems." For FY 1999-2000, the only evidence remaining of this strategy is the booklet ("Lead Alert - 6 Step Guide to Painting Your Home), some funding of remediation and education programs in lead mining or smelter towns and LASA's funding. All other lead activities would appear to be funded by state or local governments."
"The total monetary value of donated time by staff and volunteers for the financial year was nearly $49,000.
Ms OBrien said, "The decision makers at the NSW EPA and this year, in conjunction with the Environment Minister, have decided to grant LASA only 5 months worth of funding. This will enable the Lead Advisory Service (LAS) NSW to function until a decision is made in November 2000 about project funding from the Environmental Trust. The LEAD Group was advised that the NSW EPA would not consider funding the Lead Advisory Service itself. The feasibility of the current level of service from LASA therefore is dependent on other funding sources".
"We need to celebrate the beginning of the end of leaded petrol and we can probably afford to congratulate Shell for introducing Lead Free Super well before the NSW or Federal government requires them to do it but of course we all need to buy less petrol of any kind for a sustainable future. With Lead Free Super the addition of lead from petrol to the lead load already in our environment will finally stop - and now it's worth cleaning up the historical contamination. The usual message that a petrol company or environment minister would promote is that Lead Free Super is a fantastic environmentally sound product and all our lead problems are over. A similar message put out about paint when lead in paint was reduced in the 1950s led many doctors to fail to look for or diagnose lead poisoning ever after, as they had forgotten that lead paint was already "out there" on the homes that were being renovated. I'd hate the same misbelief to happen with leaded petrol" continued Ms OBrien. ###
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