Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Incineration Ban - First Step in Right Direction

Government’s Incineration Ban - First Step in Right Direction

Auckland, Monday 17 November, 2003: Greenpeace International senior scientist Pat Costner supports the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE) proposed ban on high temperature hazardous waste incineration but believes it doesn’t go far enough.

“This is a great first step for the NZ Government to take, but it’s just the beginning. There’s a real opportunity for NZ to be at the forefront of international moves to ban this dangerous and outdated technology,” said Ms Costner.

“All incineration releases dangerous dioxins. Dioxins cause cancers, birth defects and endometriosis. The Government must go further and ban all incineration including phasing out the dinosaurs that are currently polluting the environment.

“Banning this obsolete technology will go a long way to protecting the health of New Zealand, now and for future generations,” said Ms Costner.

Incineration excluded from the proposed ban includes school and municipal waste, including ‘waste to energy’ electricity generation. Greenpeace believes burning school waste and municipal waste must be quickly phased out and non-toxic alternatives sought.

After 20 years of working on this issue Ms Costner is considered an international expert on incineration, dioxin sources and non-incineration technologies for waste disposal and destruction.

For more information contact:
Greenpeace Communications Officer Suzette Jackson 09 630 6317 ext: 849 or 021 577 556 Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner Carmen Gravatt 09 630 6317 ext: 325 or 021 302 251

* Pat Costner will be available for media interviews from the 13 – 18th November by arrangement.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news