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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 2, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Greens 'got it wrong about soil' FIONA BRADY Workers wash the wheels of a truck on the Rhodes site. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP292347 RHODES developer Meriton has labelled claims from Greens MP Lee Rhiannon that contaminated soil is being transported unsafely as ''ill-informed''. And WorkCover has said all safety measures had been met. Ms Rhiannon said she had been contacted over the transportation of about 5000 tonnes of contami- nated soil by Thiess Services from the Meriton site at 42 Walker St to the neighbouring remediation site at 40 Walker St, (the former Lednez/Union Carbide site). It is being processed there be- cause the thermal treatment plant at 42 Walker St is no longer operational and will be dis- mantled. Work began last Friday and should take 10 to 15 days. Ms Rhiannon claimed the pol- luted soil is being ''loaded in the open air into dump trucks and then transported with the back of the load exposed''. ''The contaminated soil that falls on the ground is being cleaned up by a mechanical street sweeper. It is unclear what hap- pens with this material.'' Thiess Services rebutted each of Ms Rhiannon's claims in detail, saying each truck was properly sealed, no contaminated soil had fallen on the ground, and the street sweeper was used to clean up the remediated soil only. A spokesman for Meriton said the remediation works were being done according to ''the strictest environmental standards'' and had been approved by the various government departments, Work- Cover and Canada Bay Council. ''All truck movements are sub- ject to strict environmental con- trols and monitoring and are in accordance with the relevant ap- provals,'' he said. ''Safeguards in- clude wheelwash, covered loads, speed limits and traffic controls and inspections of loads at both ends of transport which is only for a few hundred metres.'' The Meriton spokesman ac- cused Ms Rhiannon of being ''more interested in scoring politi- cal points than actually achieving an environmental outcome''. A Workcover spokeswoman said it was satisfied occupational health and safety procedures were ''adequate''. For sale, but Govt coy on the specifics REBECCA WOOLLEY state parliament THE State Government plans to sell almost $300 million worth of public-owned assets across NSW, including land, ''specialist properties'', offices and homes. But the State Property Auth- ority has flatly refused to name which properties are planned to be sold, despite admitting in answer to an Inner-West Weekly Freedom of Information re- quest there were 47 on the list. A document obtained under FOI said the properties would be sold off between now and 2011 and the combined price tag stood at $292,788,200. They were either already listed for sale, had exchanged, were under offer, or due to be put on the market or auctioned. In a letter, the authority's FOI officer Mary Jane Mallphant said making further details public would disclose trade secrets or commercial-in- confidence provisions of a gov- ernment contract. She said the information was contained in ''internal working documents'' which were listed as ''exempt'' under current FOI laws. 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