| The Tamar Valley pulp mill fails to meet some air, water, and waste pollution guidelines, but still looks certain to be built, according to The Mercury (5/7/2007, p. 3).
Report to be released: The report, ordered when Gunns withdrew from the Resource Planning and Development Commission, will be released publicly today with a second report into the mill’s economic and social benefits. Only the Government and Gunns have seen the report, which was delivered last Friday, and neither have commented on its contents.
State Parliament to vote on building dates: State Parliament will study the Sweco Pic report before it votes on whether work can start on building the mill late August or early September. Yesterday Premier Paul Lennon continued to fend off criticism in Parliament about the assessment process and his decision to give Gunns the report before Parliament. Ms Putt, the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation also criticised ITS Global, the consultant that did the social and economic study.
Lennon defends ITS Global: Wilderness Society spokesman Vica Bayley said the "corporate spin doctors" had helped a multi-national company justify controversial logging in Papua New Guinea. Lennon said ITS Global had also overseen the evaluation of the Visy pulp mill in Tumut, NSW, a project the Greens had "widely supported".
The Mercury, 5/7/2007, p. 3
Source: Erisk Net