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TAS: Community "cough in" to protest against pulp mill
14/06/2007 - Protesters are holding a community "cough in" to highlight air pollution fears from a proposed $2 billion pulp mill in the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania.
The protest will be held outside the Launceston office of federal Liberal Member for Bass Michael Ferguson this afternoon.
The Wilderness Society says pollution from the mill would impact on the health of families in the Tamar Valley and Launceston.
"Medical experts say that particulate pollution is responsible for human health problems such as asthma, heart and lung disease, stress, premature birth and emphysema," Wilderness Society spokesman Paul Oosting said.
He said health issues caused by the proposal would have economic impacts with increased hospital admissions, work and school absences and decreased productivity.
Meanwhile, a second lawsuit against the pulp mill naming federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull will come before a Melbourne judge on Friday.
Business group Investors for the Future of Tasmania say Turnbull has acted illegally by downgrading scrutiny of the mill.
Proponents Gunns Ltd withdrew from the state/federal assessment being carried out by Tasmania's Resource Planning and Development Commission (RPDC) in March, citing delays and costs.
The group says Turnbull has ignored "fair and proper process" with the removal of the RPDC and allowing a "watered down" assessment.
The Wilderness Society has also named Turnbull and Gunns Ltd in a similar legal challenge to the proposal.
The two cases could be joined with the society's Federal Court hearing from July 4.
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