Talk of fixing the dioxin problem in Sydney Harbour surfaced again on ABC 702 radio this morning, and here:
Toxic harbour to cost $40m - NEWS.com.au - 10 hours ago
Opposition Leader Debnam mentioned his clean up policy. This echoes a smaller $20M policy from memory of ex Premier Bob Carr trailed around for nearly a decade, as limited and ineffective as he was for the 5 years leading up to and since the so called Green Olympics in 2000 sited at Homebush Bay which Greenpeace in the end only gave 'a bronze medal' for greenology.
[Indeed both the ALP and Coalition Parties in NSW seem to be engaging in early skirmishs prior to the election in late March 2007 to establish their moral credentials on more general concerns of the environment as above, and similarly the big Githubal Aboriginal Land Use deal with our Indigenous on the front page The Australian (News Ltd) 2nd January:
Deal struck on native Eden - Githabul win rights to national parks Graham Lloyd (subscriber material),
That is until the really big electoral policies of economy, health, education, transport etc are rolled out.]
An extensive track of the mainstream reporting of the dioxin issue is contained here on the SAM editor's ecology action home page:
"Sydney’s dioxin time bomb reflects an Olympic sized missed opportunity":
The traverse of media coverage of the 10 years and longer embarrassing history of the dioxin issue was posted researched early in 2006 and posted by this writer becaue the NSW govt had to close fishing in Sydney Harbour in early 2006 because of real injury to professional fishers:
Sydney Harbour and fishing – overview and facts about dioxins
especially this media release:
also reported here by insightful reporter Jonathan Harley at the time http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2006/s1555375.htm
Sometime just prior to Christmas 2006 the abc tv nightly news helpfully reported for the state government fishing on the ocean eastern side of the Bridge was officially okay again to some degree: More here http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/sydney-harbour-closure
and especially here:
based on early study of results of fish species caught on that side.
But the problem in Homebush waters and land was always west of the Bridge anyway. The area doesn't make this horror list of the world's worst pollution hotspots:
World's 10 Worst Pollution Spots http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/oct2006/2006-10-18-02.asp
But don't be misled. Most of the dioxin is still there capped with clean fill on the land side, and still in the mud on the water side at risk of disturbance from say passing River Cats (the wash is known to damage river banks) or bad weather. Even a chunky $40 million, better than Carr's $20M promise, using limited technology will only put a dent in the century of industrial legacy. The resolution will probably cost hundreds of millions of dollars and no one is promising that.
So the dioxin in Sydney Harbour and the fish probably isn't going away in our lifetime.