Sacrificing children to a smokestack

The story of how government failed to face up to the effects of the Port Pirie lead smelter on its town's children until now is a tragic parable in how we can choose to ignore the best advice of scientists in a desperate attempt to preserve jobs.

A few days ago it was announced that the federal government would be providing a $150 million loan guarantee to enable the Port Pirie lead smelter in South Australia to undertake a major upgrade. This will enable the smelter to extract a greater range of valuable trace metals and critically, reduce the level of its lead air emissions.

So what the hell has this got to do with Climate Spectator – a publication focussed on climate change and energy issues?


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