[See 4.2 on the latest business proposal for details as below]
The ex HMAS Adelaide as a condition of scuttling has a heavy metals monitoring requirement. A site comparison has been made pre and post scuttling of metal contamination. The survey was completed by Worley Parsons pre and post scuttling. This survey showed sediment values are all below ANZECC/ ARMCANZ national guidelines (ANZECC 2000) so there is a very low risk of any adverse environmental effects. Cardno Ecology Lab (2013) did a study 21 months later and concluded that the impact to the marine environment and associated benthic biota as a result of metal corrosion and or degradation of paint layers from the Ex HMAS Adelaide is considered unlikely.
[The fact was that the Adelaide was ready to be sunk in an environmentally sustainable way (Worley Parsons 2009). The NSAG obtained a hearing before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal based on the fact that the Minister Peter Garrett had signed off on a sinking date before he had signed off on the Sea Dumping Permit for the ship not on the basis of the NSAG arguments that the process was environmentally unsustainable (AAT 2010).]
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