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

 


Petone Residents Fight Exide Lead Pollution

Exide Pollution Action Group (EPAG)


Petone Residents Fight Exide Lead Pollution

A group of Petone residents near Exide Technologies, a lead battery recycling plant in Waione Street have formed the Exide Pollution Action Group (EPAG). They want Exide Batteries to cease operations until it can prove that there are no more fugitive lead emissions.

Check our website – www.exidepollution.com.

A public forum has been arranged for next Wednesday 8th June at the Service Centre at the back of the Petone Library in Britannia Street at 7:30pm. Representatives from the Regional Council, Public Health and local residents have been invited to speak.

A petition will be launched on the night and people will be guided on how to make a submission.

‘Residents near the site were horrified to receive a letter from Regional Health telling people how to protect themselves,” spokesperson from EPAG, Frances Cherry said. “I couldn’t believe it when I discovered that the fugitive arsenic emissions far exceeded the World Health standards – 30 times over the limit! This can cause elevated blood levels in humans, lower IQ in children and also cause liver, kidney and brain disease - and is a probable cause of cancer”.

“Children have played around the site for years and yet the workers wear masks and protective clothing”

Residents were shocked that they hadn’t been warned by Exide and say that the wider community is affected as well.

There are service foods companies, a children’s play area and a beach across the road. Storm water from roofs and paved areas affect the aquatic environment and the soil. And lead dust travels posing a real threat to local children and pregnant women. “

“This is what happens in third world countries” Frances Cherry said, “you don’t expect it in New Zealand”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news