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Australia: Garrett expected to approve Gunns pulp mill

Source:  Copyright 2009, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date:  January 4, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Federal Government is today expected to announce a decision on whether Gunns' controversial $2 billion northern Tasmanian pulp mill will get the go-ahead.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett worked through the weekend to finish the assessment and has ruled out another extension.

He needs to approve 16 environmental modules for the mill to proceed but up until today has only approved four.

The chief executive of the Forest Industries Association, Terry Edwards, says the approval is a sure thing.

"This should clearly be a case that the mill is approved and can commence construction," he said.

"There is no reason whatsoever for the mill not to be approved.

Bob McMahon from the group Tasmanians against the Pulp Mill expects the same result, but says even if the mill is approved, it will never be built.

"Luckily there's a big world financial crunch at the moment which means Gunns can't raise ...

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