Direct From Cusack, fish in Sydney Harbour are contaminated with cancer causing toxins
“The failure of the Keneally Labor Government to make public 2008 data that reveals all the fish in Sydney Harbour should be considered contaminated with cancer-causing toxins, is a major dereliction of their duty of care to the public Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Catherine Cusack said today.
The data revealing contamination from the former Union Carbide site opposite Homebush Bay continues to spread, and will affect all fish in the harbour for decades, has only been revealed today as a result of an FOI by the Sydney Morning Herald.
"It is incredible the State Labor Government has sat on this data and failed to issue public health warnings through the media and paid advertising," Ms Cusack said.
"Unfortunately this appears to be another example of the incompetent Keneally Labor Government being 'lights, camera, but no action'.
"The message we have got to get across to the public is - Don't eat any fish caught west of the Harbour Bridge - and don't eat more than 150 grams a month of fish caught east of the Harbour Bridge.
"Environment Minister Frank Sartor should also explain what actions he and his Department are undertaking to recover costs of the clean-up and the public health advertising campaign from Union Carbide whose Homebush Bay facilities have been confirmed as the source of contamination," Ms Cusack said. “
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