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Turnbull govt three year cover up - Williamtown residents deserve full, fair compensation for toxic contamination

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the Turnbull government to immediately pay full and fair compensation to all Williamtown residents whose properties have been contaminated following the admission by the Defence Department that they covered up the toxic scandal for three years before informing the locals.

“Williamtown residents have been put through hell for nearly three years because of the failure of the Turnbull government to pay compensation and to stop the chemical contamination coming off the RAAF base,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Firefighting foam chemical report reveals serious contamination at Defence sites

Lee Rhiannon 8 Nov 2016
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the release of results from preliminary tests for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) resulting from the legacy use of firefighting foams. The tests were conducted at 12 sites around the country. 
 
“The Defence PFAS Environmental Management Preliminary Sampling Program Final Report is the first stage in an ongoing investigation of this national contamination crisis. The 1000 plus page report includes the preliminary results for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS),” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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Williamtown contamination: one year on

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will visit Williamtown to meet with residents today. The Senator will hold a press conference at Williamtown Hall at 11.30am. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “One year ago residents living in and around Williamtown found that their lives had been contaminated by toxic perfluorinated compounds from the Williamtown RAAF base. 

“Many found out in the media, and that really tells you a lot about how the Turnbull government and government agencies have handled the issue. They have been grievously passive, slow and negligent. 

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$300 million for RAAF base, but residents and workers need protection

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of a further $300 million of extended defence contracts at Williamtown RAAF base. 

Minister Pyne failed to provide any detail when he states that the Coalition government was ‘very concerned’ about the contamination issue and that government agencies were working with Defence to support the community. 

“It is almost one year since the community were first notified about the contamination, and the sense of frustration is immense. 

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