Pesticide Pollution, Australia

Australian Pesticides Map: “We are concerned Australians worried about pesticide contamination. Isn’t it odd that almost all of the information on this website has not been made easily available to members of the public in the past?” https://pesticides.au


Description

Chemicals in Australia are approved federally by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority. Thereafter, pesticide monitoring and impacts are managed by states for commercial and environmental impacts and local governments for individual impacts. Pesticide pollution across Australia has resulted in water pollution, spray drift, accidents, industrial pollution and impacts on fauna. The most commonly detected pesticides are the triazine herbicides. Atrazine and Simazine. A lot of people are suffering from pesticide exposure in isolation as legislation and the legal system are inadequate to protect them and bring justice. The following interview provides insight into pesticide pollution in Australia and the Australian Pesticides Map.

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Basic Data
NamePesticide Pollution, Australia
CountryAustralia
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Chemical industries
Specific CommoditiesChemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThere are a range of chemicals causing pollution across Australia. The chemicals included in the Australian Pesticides Map are:

2,4,5-T

2,4-D

4,4-DDE

Aldrin

Ametryn

Atrazine

Bifenthrin

Bromacil

Chlordane

Chlorpyrifos

cis-Chlordane

DDT*

DEET

Desethylatrazine

Desisopropyl Atrazine

Diazinon

Dicamba

Dieldrin

Dimethoate

Diuron

Endosulfan

Endosulfan Sulphate

Endrin

Glyphosate

Heptachlor

Heptachlor Epoxide

Hexachlorobenzene

Hexazinone

Imidacloprid

Lindane

Malathion - Maldison

MCPA

Metalaxyl

Metolachlor

Metsulfuron Methyl

Molinate

p,p-DDE

Pirimicarb

Prometryn

Propiconazole

Simazine

Tebuthiuron

Terbutryn

Thiobencarb

Triclopyr
Start Date01/01/2015
Relevant government actorsAustralian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA)

State and local governments
Environmental justice organisations and other supporters- Australian Pesticides Map community, https://pesticides.australianmap.net/

- Friends of the Earth Australia, http://www.foe.org.au

- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Network, http://www.ntn.org.au/

- National Toxics Network
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Genetic contamination
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Potential: Malnutrition
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.As described by Anthony Amis, there aren’t laws to protect people, the process impedes justice, and people are often suffering in isolation. At this early stage the website plays mainly an education role. It essentially accumulates information that often can’t be easily accessed by the community or people in other regions of Australia.
Sources and Materials
Links

[1] Pesticide map
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1987-1988: The Dieldrin Contamination Issue: Gembrook (Vic)
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2001: Warringah Golf Course 10,000 Dead Fish (Chemical: Azinphos Methyl)
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1949 – 1986: Union Carbide owned Rhodes (Homebush Bay)
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1960 – 2015: Gunnamatta Outfall Melbourne Water
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Other Documents

Australian Pesticides Map - About Us - Image https://pesticides.australianmap.net/about-us/
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Other CommentsOther weblinks:

https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1950s-1990s-contamination-of-cattle-dip-sites-in-nsw-qld-pesticides-ddt-ethion/ https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1950s-1960s-willowtree-road-ferntree-gully/ https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1950s-2010s-nufarm-coogee-kwinana-wa-contaminated-site/ https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1992-3-coffs-harbour-nsw-bananas-cluster-of-cleft-palate/ https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1965-1973-nufarm-operations-in-fawkner/ https://pesticides.australianmap.net/1950s-1980s-ovens-valley-pesticides-ddt-aldrin-dieldrin-heptachlor-chlordane/
Meta Information
ContributorAustralian Environmental Justice Project, Lisa de Kleyn, PhD Candidate, RMIT University, [email protected] and Anthony Amis, Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Melbourne
Last update11/04/2017
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