Alcoa Health, E-waste and Sydney CSG

Alcoa Health
Since the mid-1990s, the Western Australian towns of Wagerup, Pinjarra and Kwinana community members have alleged that Alcoa's aluminium refineries in their neighbourhood are directly responsible for various sicknesses in the community- ranging from bloody noses to respiratory cancers. A class action was mounted in 2009, backed by Erin Brokovich and Queensland’s Shine Lawyers. Third Degree’s Cameron Whalan reports.

E-waste is still being illegally shipped out of Australia, contributing to the growing problem of e-waste dumping worldwide. Federal Environment Department figures as at April this year are that three shipping containers with some e-waste – televisions, computers and monitors -  were intercepted on their way out of the country.The Pan African Forum on E-Waste was held in Nairobi in March. Tatiana Terekhova, Programme Officer with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention of UNEP- the United Nations Environment Programme speaks with Jessica Minshall.

CSG Dart Energy
St Peters residents were surprised last week when energy company, Dart Energy, decided not to pursue coal seam gas exploration in an industrial landfill site. This decision was announced only days after Marrickville Council used its planning powers to block to CSG activity even though Dart Energy had state government approval for CSG exploration. Councillor Max Phillips from Marrickville Council speaks with Third Degree’s Tawar Razaghi. 

With Jessica Minshall

May 2012