Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Government responds to Wagerup refinery inquiry

    29/06/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government today formally released its response to a Legislative Council inquiry into Alcoa’s Wagerup refinery operations.

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the response addressed 29 recommendations made in the inquiry’s report.

    The Government generally supported 28 of the recommendations and actions to implement them already were under way.

    Dr Edwards said a recommendation that the Environmental Health Foundation membership be expanded to include community representation was not supported because the foundation was an expert body of health professionals.

    The Government’s response was co-ordinated by the Ministerial Council of Health, Environment and Industry Sustainability, chaired by Dr Edwards.

    “The response is consistent with the very significant amount of work that has been and is being co-ordinated through the Ministerial Council to address issues associated with Alcoa’s Wagerup operations,” the Minister said.

    “It also reflects the Government’s commitment to protect and enhance Western Australian’s lifestyle and the environment.

    “In particular, it means that the environmental and health concerns of people in local communities such as Yarloop are being addressed and that an integrated long term approach to wider matters of community concern regarding environmental health issues are being developed.”

    Dr Edwards said licence conditions for the refinery also had been tightened in respect to dust, noise and emissions. This also was in response to community concerns.

    Copies of the Government response are available on the Department of Environment’s website at http://www.environment.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office: 9220 5050