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Tuesday, 9 May 1989
Page: 2059


Senator RICHARDSON —The last question to which I wish to respond was from Senator Sanders, concerning jarosite dumping in Tasmania. In terms of jarosite dumping and sea dumping permits that exist, the Tasmanian Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australasia Ltd (EZ) holds a special permit to dump jarosite waste at sea some 60 nautical miles south-south-east of Hobart in over 2,000 metres or water. The permit is issued annually in accordance with the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act and following the requirements and guidelines of the international Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter-the London dumping convention. The dumping operation is governed by close specifications and monitoring requirements. It is the best monitored such operation in Australian waters and one of the tightest monitored in the world.

Operations and monitoring results are reviewed annually by departmental officers, specialists of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and other experts. Dumping and monitoring have been carried out at the same site for 15 years. During this time no environmental detriment of any sort has been detected. Greenpeace is fully informed of the operation and is provided by EZ with copies of monitoring results. The highest international standards are imposed upon the operation and it is maintained under continued close surveillance by my Department.