18 Apr 2003

Toxic waste shipments to Queensland the Pacific's best option

3:39 pm on 18 April 2003

An agreement to ship toxic waste from 13 Pacific nations to Queensland has the support of Australia's National Toxics Network.

The disposal of what are known as persistent organic pollutants is being sponsored by the Australian Government aid agency, Aus-Aid.

The Pacific news agency PACNEWS says Mariann Lloyd Smith from the NTN, which worked on the plan with Aus-Aid, says it's the most responsible solution to the problem.

While she concedes that transporting the waste can be hazardous, Ms Lloyd Smith says the risk is greater if the pollutants are left on the islands.

She says the chemicals have been linked to cancer, re-productive problems and have a whole range of nasty effects so have to dealt with quickly.