What’s Happening – April 2019
Community Odour and Dust Monitoring Program
The odour and dust reporting program appears to have been completed.
On Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 April, DWER will be reporting the results of the community odour reporting program to the volunteers who participated.
CCL decided during the trial period to close its biggest kiln (no. 6) for ‘routine maintenance’ between 31 March and 16 April.
No kiln = no odour/dust?
DWER Dust and Odour Programs
We are awaiting advice from DWER as to when the other programs (Light Detection and Ranging [LiDAR] and Odour Patrols) will be completed and the results reported to the community.
What’s in COAL?
On 9 March we posted details of what our lab tests revealed about what is in the dust falling on homes in Beeliar and Yangebup.
A Google search will reveal the health implications of exposure to these metals.
CCL PEDDLES PORKIES?
On 25 March we posted the results of our recent Freedom of Information application seeking documents showing how CCL got its licence changed in 2006 to burn coal in its biggest kiln (Kiln 6) when previously it was required to burn only natural gas.
The documents show CCL informed DOE (now DWER) on the last business day in 2015 that it had just been advised by its gas supplier that it could not supply enough gas for CCL’s needs and that its business was under immediate threat of having to close. CCL pressured DOE to agree to the change at a time of year when most people are on holidays and not paying attention to business matters. CCL claimed they needed 18 terajoules of gas per day to meet their production requirements but their gas supplier could only offer 12 terajoules. Our calculations suggest that 10.1 to 11.3 terajoules would have met CCL’s production needs.
It looks like CCL grossly exaggerated its gas needs at the time so they could force DOE to allow it to use cheap and dirty coal.
When the gas supplier later advised CCL they could meet all CCL’s gas needs, CCL then claimed their business would go broke if they had to use gas!
HEALTH DEPARTMENT RESPONDS
On 8 April we posted extracts from information now published on the Department of Health (DOH) website about Cockburn Cement pollution.
DOH’s position is:
“ In principle the Department of Health does not support coal burning however the Department of health cannot stop an industry from burning coal while it has a licence to do so and its emissions are controlled.”
DOH refuses to investigate the many health complaints notified to it in writing by residents of Beeliar, Yangebup and Munster.
DOH’s advice is:
“The Department of Health strongly encourages people who feel they are affected by dusts and odours from CCL to visit their GP and request the GP report these to the Department of health Public health Physician if the GP feels the symptoms could be caused by exposures. By doing this the Department of Health can better monitor health complaints and determine if they are increasing. Although the evidence to date suggests that emissions from CCL are not causing major health concerns, the Department of Health considers that the dust and odour impacts on the amenity of some residents is unacceptable and must be addressed by the company.”
DOH will do nothing, but if residents and their children get seriously ill now or in the future, DOE can deny any legal liability because they told residents to go to their GP.
DOH’s recommendation is: HOPE FOR THE BEST!