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Crematoriums and their activities should once again be deemed Environmentally Relevant Activities

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Marsha Strelow
13 Laura Place

Total Signatures - 61

Sponsoring Member: Jason Woodforth MP

Posting Date: 6/02/2014

Closing Date: 5/05/2014

Tabled Date: 6/05/2014

Responded By: Hon Andrew Powell MP on 6/06/2014

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that crematoriums and their activities are no longer deemed Environmentally Relevant Activities which means their development applications and operations do not have to be reviewed, monitored and measured adequately to ensure they are not negatively impacting human and environmental health.  However, crematoriums still emit vapours, smoke and fumes.


These emissions can include dioxins, furans, benzene, hydrogen fluoride, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, lead, cadmium and mercury, which are detrimental to both human and environmental health.  In addition to potentially hazardous health impacts, including impacts on unborn children, these emissions can cause acid rain, poison waterways, cause methyl mercury contamination of soils and marine life, and have a poisonous effect on human food chains.


This contamination can last up to eleven years in the environment and, depending on individuals' toxin thresholds, can have detrimental health impacts from five years after absorption up to twenty to twenty-five years after absorption.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to change laws and regulations to once again deem crematoriums and their activities as Environmentally Relevant Activities.