Tasmanians protest against pulp mill

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It has been reported that over 3000 black-clad protestors marched on the streets of Launceston, Australia on saturday in order to show their opposition to the construction of a pulp mill by Gunns Limited. 

The demonstrations follow a recently published survey, suggesting that 40% of Tasmanians oppose the project.

The mill has previously been opposed by the Launceston Environmental Centre and the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Medical Association due to concerns about negative environmental and social impacts of liquid waste and air pollution.

The pulp mill was green-lighted by environment minister Tony Burke in March, though no air quality reassessments have been undertaken by Gunns – who stated that more work would need to be done to convince Tasmanians that air quality would not be reduced by the project.