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Rejection of incinerator to be built within city limits

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Cornelia Turni
47 Blackall Street

Total Signatures - 4008

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 26/09/2018

Closing Date: 11/11/2018

Tabled Date: 13/11/2018

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 13/12/2018

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

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that they do not want a waste incinerator in Queensland. The current proposed incinerator in Ipswich should be rejected due to the following reasons:

  • Pollution control technologies have not proven capable of appropriately managing emissions 
  • Uncertainty in relation to air quality and impacts of air quality and water quality
  • Uncertainty in relation to the human health risks and site suitability
  • Such a facility in urban areas contravene efforts of environmental regulations regarding air quality 
  • The project is not in the public interests, 500,000 tonnes of waste per year is required to feed an incinerator for 24 hours operation, which means more trucks, more traffic and more pollution 
  • Every four tonnes of waste create one tonne of toxic ash 
  • Undermines genuine clean, safe renewable energy solutions; is not in line with a circular economy 
  • Incinerators are primary sources of persistent organic pollutants, which contaminate food chains, building up dangerous levels in humans, and sources of lead, mercury, dioxins and furans.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call on the Minister for Health, the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to exercise their power under the relevant Protection Act and in the public interest to reject this application and any further applications for incinerators within city limits of Ipswich and any city in Queensland.