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Doctors speak out on conflict of interest between State economic priorites, and public health

Doctors say big South Australian projects show little regard for health , Adelaide Now, 23 May 13 STATES show “scant regard for human health” by letting polluting projects with potentially deadly consequences to go ahead, doctors say.

A report from Doctors for the Environment Australia points to the Port Augusta power station, the deferred Olympic Dam expansion and the Port Pirie lead smelter as examples of industrial developments approved without adequate checks.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said the State Government was working on the National Plan for Clean Air and its own framework to manage air quality.

DEA spokesman Dr David Shearman said SA was listening to their concerns more than in other states…… The DEA report claims state governments have a “conflict of interest between budget bottom line and the health of their citizens” and calls for a federal environmental protection agency to oversee health impact assessments, or at least national laws that enforce a higher standard for the states.

Spokesman David Shearman said projects were given the go ahead without factoring in the social and financial costs of the pollution.

“It is clear that state government approvals of coal and coal seam gas projects are often influenced by potential economic gain without thorough assessment of potential harms,” he said. ….

May 25, 2013 - Posted by | General News

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