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QUESTION: Magellan Metals' bid to switch its lead export program from Esperance to Fremantle 15 Dec 2008 WA, Australia

Dear LEAD group,

I am seeking permission to reprint your list of the effects of lead contamination, particularly on children.

You will probably be aware of the debate surrounding Magellan Metals' bid to switch its lead export program from Esperance, where hundreds of birds died and many children were contaminated, to Fremantle. It is a debate that has been raging here in Fremantle for just over a year, and I'm planning to include information on the effects in an end-of-year review for the paper.

I'd be happy to attribute the information to the Lead Group and include a short piece on what your organisation's about, plus direct people to the website.

If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me or email.

Yours sincerely, Steve Grant, chief of staff, Fremantle Herald

ANSWER: 15 Dec 2008

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your email.

You are welcome to quote and cite any of our web info.

When I spoke to you on the phone I mentioned Professor Gulson's study which is no longer available online. "Report on Lead Isotopic Analyses of Samples Associated with the Esperance Lead Investigation" at

Media release 26 June 2007 Detailed test reveals blood lead level source at

If I was living in Fremantle and if the lead ore shipments were going to start up at the Port, I'd be calling for a baseline lead isotope study before any shipments take place. The mining company would likely support such a study because that's what was missing from Esperance.

You may not have realized that we also have 'Magellan Lead Carbonate Project, Wiluna: To Facilitate the Export of Containerised Lead from the Port of Fremantle' EPA Bulletin 1276 - A submission on behalf of the South Fremantle/Hamilton Hill Residents' Association Incorporated, by Kelly Duckworth, on our website at Magellan Metals EPA appeal and your readers may be interested in that too.

Good luck with the article.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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