Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Environmental regulation has a history

I read this item in the local paper: "Symex Holdings, located in Woodruff Street, was served with a pollution abatment notice for storing chemicals inapproriately, odour problems, having sub-standard spill procedures and noise problems. The company turns oil products into glycerine, searine and oleine, which are then used in toiletries, plastics, food and pharmaceuticals and is shipped to more than 40 countries." [source Amber Wilson Melbourne Weekly, August 10 2011] The odour from the site has been a feature of Port life for many, many years.
This reminded me of a bye-law I had come across at the Historical Society of the Municipal Council of Sandridge: 'Be it therefore ordered and directed by the Municipal Council of Sandridge that if at any time the trade or business of any person or persons being the owner or occupier of any candle house melting place or soap house or any slaughter house or any building or place for boiling offal or blood or for boiling burning or crushing bones or any manufactory building or place used for any trade business process or manufacture causing effluvia shall be carried on so as to be a nuisance or cause any effluvia injurious to he health of the inhabitants of the neighbourhoods such person or pesons shall forthwith after receiving written notices from the local inspector of nuisances use the best practicable means for abating such nuisances or preventing or counteracting such effluvia. Any person guilty of any breach or neglect of this by law shall forfeit and pay a penalty of sum not exceeding 20 pounds.'

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