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Sunday, 9 May 2004

The AAA Comes To Town

Yesterday a new group was formed called the Alumina Action Alliance. The group is a consolidation of interests from the Consevation Council of WA, the Yarloop and Districts Concerned Residents' Committee, the Kwinana Progress Association, the Kwinana Watchdog Group, The Alumina Widows and Workers Association, and the Wilderness Society. The main thrust of the AAA is the concern about the WA government supporting expansion plans of Alcoa and Worseley, while there exist so many unanswered questions about the illnesses and deaths of workers and nearby communities of existing alumina facilities. AAA has written to Premier Geoff Gallop calling on the State Government not to support the expansion plans and to hold a public inquiry into the pollution and health effects. Alliance spokesman Tony Hall said there should be no environmental approval for alumina refinery expansion until it could be proved beyond doubt there would be no further harm to workers or nearby residents. "It is shocking that the companies are pushing ahead with these plans and alarming that the Government has so quickly pledged its support while the health issues are still generating so much concern and are yet to be fully explored," Mr Hall said, For further details about the Alliance readers can contact Tony Hall on: 0400 099 446 or Michael Southwell on: 0400 114 125

Posted by Westralia.Net at 5:45 PM JST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 May 2004 11:37 PM JST
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