Fears over toxic leaks from flooded mine sites in Qld

POLLUTANTS  trapped in Queensland's flooded mine sites will be released more readily putting the public's health at risk under proposed new legislation, the State Opposition claims.

However, the Government says Labor is scaremonerging and that changes are recommendations from the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry, released in March 2012.

The new Economic Development Bill - introduced into state parliament last week - covers changes to the Commonwealth Games, shifts South Bank Corporation powers to Brisbane City Council and makes amendments to the Environment Protection Act.

More than 12 months after the flood and cyclone period of January and February 2011, 40 Queensland mines remain flooded.

Shadow Environment minister Jackie Trad said Labor was worried at changes to temporary emission permits as part of the bill.


Topics:  economy mining new laws pollution

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