The Department of Defence has unveiled its own mapof Williamtown’s contamination ‘red zone’, which appears to contradict a new mapreleased by the NSW environmental watchdog just a fortnight ago.
Residents were astonishedas the map was presented to the media in Williamtown onTuesday, to coincide with the release of two final reportsinto the contamination crisis, including an updated Human Health Risk Assessment.
During a press conference, a technical expertargued that both Defence and the NSW Environment Protection Authoritywere on the same page, despite their differingmaps.
“There’s consistent advice and findings,” said Amanda Lee, a technical director for Defence contractor AECOM.
However stark differences are evidentin the maps, with different borders, colour-coding, numbers of segmentsand sets of precautionary guidelines for residents.
Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington slammed the release of the new mapas “madness”.
“It’s like the maps are a visual representation of the dysfunction between the state and the Feds,” she said.
Defence’s map divides the contaminated area into four colour-coded “risk zones”, with separate sets of precautionary guidelines for each zone.
The NSW EPA map hasthree “management areas” and two sets of precautionary guidelines for residents.
Representative of the Williamtown and Surrounds Residents Action Group Rhianna Gorfine described the situation as like being in an episode of satirical television comedy ‘Utopia’.
Defence representatives are due to front a community meetingat 5.30pm.
UPDATE 7.30PM –Footage from the community meeting
Cabbage Tree Road resident, Kim-Leeanne King speaks up at a Defence and EPA community meeting this evening. #williamtown#[email protected]@carriefellnerpic.twitter南京夜网/0wXEgvG8AV
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