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World Health Organisation declares “diesel exhaust causes lung cancer”

June 13, 2012 1 Comment

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that diesel exhaust causes lung cancer. Back in 1988 they had said that diesel exhaust was a “probable carcinogenic”. In their new report they say: “The scientific evidence was compelling and the working group’s conclusion was unanimous: Diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans,” Christopher Portier, chairman
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EPA testing begins on Francis Street

June 3, 2012 1 Comment

After much lobbying and discussions with MTAG, the EPA commenced air quality testing on Francis Street in May 2012.The EPA has installed a mobile testing lab on Francis street on the corner of Fraser Street, close to the Yarraville Community Centre. Testing will take place for 12 months and will test for air quality and
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Diesel poison leaves inner west fuming

June 8, 2011 11 Comments

Peter Knight June 8, 2011 The Age Imagine 7000 huge trucks roaring past your front door every day.ON JUNE 27, the residents of Yarraville and the inner west celebrate a dubious anniversary. Ten years ago on that day, the Environment Protection Authority measured air quality on the now notorious, Francis Street. This was in response
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Victorian Transport Plan

December 8, 2008 7 Comments

The Victorian government today released its long awaited Victorian Transport Plan (VTP) A link to the plan can be found here: So what’s in the plan in relation to trucks in the inner west? The VTP contains a Truck Action Plan to be carried out in two stages and is dependent on Commonwealth funding.
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VTA press release gets it all wrong… full text and MTAG response

February 21, 2008 5 Comments

The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group has questioned the credibility of the Victorian Transport Association after its CEO, Philip Lovel, issued a press release that reveals a complete lack of understanding of road transport regulations in the inner West.The press release criticises MTAG’s recent blockade of the intersection of Francis St and Williamstown Rd Yarraville, which
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History of Truck Traffic

December 11, 2007 2 Comments

History of Truck Traffic in Melbourne’s Inner West ‘The trucks have always been here.’ Really? One of the central arguments used to counter MTAG’s mission to get through-trucks off the streets of the inner west is, ‘The trucks have always been here.’ While it’s true the inner west has an industrial heritage, and truck traffic
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