Final report of Botany Mercury Independent Review
The three-year review confirmed that the risk of mercury contamination for people who live, work or fish in the Botany area is no higher than for the general NSW population.
The EPA has now released it’s final report which provides an overview of the three stage investigation and the processes undertaken to reach the final conclusion.
EPA Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said that the Botany Mercury Review Steering Panel was the driving force behind the review. The Steering Panel included representatives from the community, the EPA, the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Health, Randwick and Botany councils as well as an expert toxicologist and an independent chemical engineer.
“The Steering Panel members brought critical knowledge, insights and thinking to the Review and I would like to thank them for their spirit of cooperation, commitment and dedication to this process,” Mr Gifford said.
“The Mercury Review has allowed the EPA to better engage with the local community, providing increased knowledge and understanding that will assist us for many years to come,”
“Although the review presented a number of challenges for the Steering Panel, it has provided local residents and others with essential information about the risk for off-site mercury contamination, which the review found was low.”
More information about the Botany Mercury Independent Review is available at the EPA website.