Builder is accused of polluting Great Barrier ReefPosted on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 8:14 pm by Reef Tools
John Holland, a construction company, is currently facing 38 charges after it allegedly released contaminated substances while doing some sandblasting near Bowen and Mackay in north Queensland. A John Holland spokesman says that the company is planning on defending the charges brought forward by the Queensland Government later this year.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett said that he was satisfied with the Government’s response, and that he plans on taking note, and addressing, any activity that may affect these significant waters. Garrent went on to say “We’ll continue to make sure that the highest environmental standards are applied to any … activity that takes place which can have any sort of impact on the Great Barrier Reef”.
Mackay Conservation Group group coordinator Patricia Julien added that “Our understanding is that garnet is used, it’s quite effective in removing paint from the terminals, they call it sandblasting, and the concerns were as I understand it that there were contaminants in the paint. Things like barium, chromium, zinc, cadmium and nano materials.”
At this point, the Department of Environment and Resources has not confirmed whether the contaminated material was paint.