Tar ponds cleanup panel seeks additional information|
By JOCELYN BETHUNE
SYDNEY: The panel overseeing the cleanup of the Sydney tar ponds says it
needs more environmental impact information from the agency charged with
doing the work.
The three-member independent body that is doing an environmental
assessment of the project said in a release Friday it has asked the Sydney
Tar Ponds Agency to address deficiencies in a 3,000-page environmental
impact statement completed by the agency and delivered to the panel in
The information is critical for focused discussions during public
hearings, said panel chairwoman Lesley Griffiths.
"The panel takes this mandate very seriously and is not prepared to move
forward to public hearing until it is satisfied that the necessary
information has been provided," she said.
The tar ponds agency said Friday it will "provide prompt answers to the
additional questions posed."
"We have confidence in the cleanup plan and in our experts' ability to
carry it out," said Frank Potter, acting CEO of the agency.
"We are as anxious as everyone in Sydney to get on with the cleanup and
meet the June 30 date for the completion of the panel's report."
Earlier this month, the tar ponds agency answered hundreds of questions in
55 submissions from the public and 34 from the review panel, meeting a
March 2 deadline.
Public hearings must be held before the panel's final report is due June