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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

25 January 2005

Assessment of Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania


A proposal by Gunns Ltd to develop a new pulp mill in Tasmania will be fully assessed under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

The proposal for a bleached eucalypt Kraft pulp mill in northern Tasmania was referred to the Australian Government for consideration of its likely environmental impacts, as required under the Act.

"The assessment will be conducted jointly with the Tasmanian Government and will be fully public." Senator Campbell said.

"Issues to be looked at include the impacts of ocean discharge of emissions from the pulp mill on marine ecosystems and protected species. Emissions from the mill will need to meet current agreed standards so that the environment is not harmed."

The pulp mill will use woodchips that are currently exported and that come from approved forestry operations in Tasmania covered by the Regional Forest Agreement.

The pulp mill will produce over one million tonnes of pulp per annum for export.

The decision is available at the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site (http://www.deh.gov.au/epbc).

Media contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

Commonwealth of Australia