Health and environment concerns over Holden plant

Friday, 17 March, 2017

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As the Elizabeth site for the Holden plant goes to market, the Australian Greens are calling for a clean-up plan to be established for the plant and surrounding areas.

There are concerns within the party that there could be environmental and health hazards arising from the site.

“It is absolutely essential that before Holden closes its doors, there is an action plan in place for the clean-up of the site, there aren’t any hazardous health issues for people and the environment isn’t trashed,” said Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young.

“South Australians would be horrified if Holden was allowed to sell its land without an environmental exit strategy in place. We do not want to see another Clovelly Park in Adelaide’s north.”

The Greens have said they would like to see a rollout of extensive testing at the Holden site, including health checks for concerned residents.

“Once the company has walked off the block, what more can we do? Holden must be forced to develop a clean-up plan and show how they’re going to pay for it before they walk off the site,” said Hanson-Young.

When parliament resumes, the Greens will bring a motion to the Senate that forces companies to commit to cleaning up their sites so they are not putting the community at risk.

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