Bayside Council will contact the Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean seeking assurance that toxins in Botany Bay are not cancer spreading following a unanimous decision at last night’s Council Meeting.
“It’s been over two years since a Fairfax media investigation revealed elevated levels of toxins with suspected cancer causing links in Botany Bay,” Councillor Bill Saravinovski said in his Notice of Motion.
“Botany Bay and its connected waterways are a popular recreational destination. We need to be sure residents and visitors are safe now and into the future.”
Botany Bay, close to Sydney Airport, was identified as a ‘hotspot’ for potentially cancer causing chemicals.
Orica has been addressing and remediating the contamination legacies from decades of mismanagement of pollutants following action in 2012 by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Council will now write to the EPA seeking an update on the status of the toxin levels in Botany Bay and the plan of management to address any ongoing concerns.
Council will also ask for reassurance from the NSW EPA that local residents are not being exposed to potentially cancerous toxins in Botany Bay and connected waterways.