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J Harris - The Examiner 05/09/2007

5 Sep 2007

J Harris is concerned that the pulp mill cannot co-exist with the fishing
industry (Letters 3/9/07). Firstly, a pulp mill has been discharging effluent into
the ocean on the opposite side of Bass Strait (Maryvale pulp mill) for 70 years
with no significant impact on the marine environment.

Secondly, there are many examples of pulp mills living harmoniously with
fishing industries around the world. There is a pulp mill in Oregon that
discharges its treated effluent into the ocean off Nye Beach Newport and also
has an emergency discharge into the Yaquina River. Near the mouth of the
River (Yaquina Bay) is a raft of oyster farms (http://www.oregonoyster.com/).
There is also a wine (from local area) and seafood festival each year along
the beach.

J Harris seems to be most concerned about the use of pesticides on
plantations.
According to the Australian Government FWPRDC report, Pesticides in
Plantations (www.fwprdc.org.au), plantation forestry accounts for only 0.7% of
Australia’s pesticide use and all pesticides used by plantation forestry, except
one, are also used in food production. Pesticides in general are only used for
the first two years of the 15 year crop cycle unlike other agricultural crops
which tend to have a much higher frequency of use. Pesticide use in the
forest industry is not self regulated as J Harris claims, it is regulated under the
same framework as all other users.

Water monitoring on a whole of catchment basis is conducted in Tasmania by
the Department of Primary Industries and Water (www.dpiw.tas.gov.au) and
has found few detections of chemical pesticides from any source.

 

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