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MEI Online: Environmental Issues: Latest News: May 7th 2003

:: WA Boosts Pollution Control  

The West Australian Government has announced plans for a 40% increase in environmental regulation and pollution control officers as well as a massive $54million contaminated sites clean-up package.

The new measures were unveiled by Premier Geoff Gallop and Environment Minister Judy Edwards as part of the biggest overhaul of environmental regulation since the creation of the Department of Environmental Protection. "These measures demonstrate our strong commitment to building a clean and green future for Western Australia," Gallop said.

The premier said next week's Budget would include an additional $3.75million for environmental regulation and pollution control, a 50% increase that included funding to employ an extra 32 officers.

A key part of the reform package includes a new Pollution Response Squad - the highly trained, specialist squad will provide rapid response to serious environmental incidents to conduct sampling, collect detailed scientific evidence and immediate clean-ups. New resources will fund six squad members as well as purchasing key new equipment, including remote sampling equipment to capture air and liquid samples, and thermal imaging devices to detect smoke plumes at night and emissions from plants.



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