July 4, 2014
SA Labor, after its return to government, has adopted a management tone of measured, controlled, rational adminstration. This confidence and competence has been thrown out of kilter with the toxic groundwater beneath Clovelly Park adjacent to the Monroe shock absorbers plant and the old Mitsubishi site; and the need to relocate the housing trust tenants from contaminated homes in order to protect their health, which is at risk due potential airborne carcinogen from the toxic groundwater pollution.
It is a political crisis because the he Government (and the Housing Trust and the council?) knew about the unduly high toxicity levels since May, and they hadn’t yet notified the residents. Presumably because the Weatherill Labor Government is confident residents’ health would not have been, and is unlikely to be adversely affected from exposure to trichloroethylene ((TCE)) at such relatively low levels.
Still government ministers have admitted they knew for weeks about rising levels of TCE in Clovelly Park houses, the need to relocate residents, and the lack of remediation. It's the delay and inaction in informing the housing trust tenants that gives rise to the political crisis.