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Australia: Forest industry demands pulp mill approval

Source:  Copyright 2009, AAP
Date:  January 5, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett must give timber giant Gunns the green light for its Tasmanian pulp mill without imposing extra environmental protections, the forest industry says.

Mr Garrett is expected to announce on Monday whether the government has approved the operating conditions for Gunns’ $2.2 billion mill in the Tamar Valley.

But it is believed even if Mr Garrett gives the tick of approval to the company's environment impact management plan, the government could impose additional conditions regarding waste water to be pumped into Bass Strait.

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania says that would be unfair.

“We believe it is incumbent upon the minister to make a clear and firm statement in support of the pulp mill that clearly gives a green light for construction to commence free of any further government-imposed encumbrances,” association chief executive Terry Edwards told ABC Radio.

He said the ...

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