George River Water Quality Panel
On 23 February 2010, the Director of Public Health recommended to the Tasmanian Government that a process be established to address scientific research issues raised in the Australian Story ABC television program, What's in the Water? (which ran in two parts over 15 and 22 February 2010).
The story was about water quality in the George River in Tasmania’s north-east and the possible relationship between toxic surface foam linked to eucalyptus plantations in the catchment and concerns about public and aquatic health in the region.
On 26 February 2010 the Premier invited the independent Chair of the board of Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority, John Ramsay, to oversee the gathering of the evidence and its assessment by relevant experts.
On 9 March 2010 a Panel of eminent, independent scientific experts was convened to address scientific issues raised in the program.
On 29 June 2010 the George River Water Quality Panel released its findings in its Final Report:
Report of the George River Water Quality Panel - June 2010 .
A Summary Report of the Panel's findings was also released.
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