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The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, has imposed 48 tough environmental conditions on the proposed Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania's Tamar Valley.
In summary, the key elements of the conditions are:
The Chief Scientist of Australia, Dr Jim Peacock AC, has advised that the expert panel of scientists that he convened to review the pulp mill assessment were impressed by the technical and engineering advances that have been made in the design and operation of Elemental Chlorine Free pulp mills. The panel accepted that the proposed mill was likely to conform to world's best practice. In relation to effluent being released into the marine environment, the dioxin limit is more than 70 percent better than world's best practice.