The BBCAG commissioned a report on the Baylands by Drs. G. Fred Lee and Anne Jones-Lee. The final report, dated November 1, 2010, can be viewed at www.gfredlee.com/Landfills/BrisbaneBaylands.pdf
The report is 57 pages long, and should be read in its entirety. We reproduce below the "General Findings" from pages 1-2 of the report.
Inadequate Monitoring and Regulatory Programs. Currently allowed hazardous chemical monitoring and regulatory programs for hazardous chemical sites investigation/remediation consider only a small number of potentially hazardous chemicals that can be present in waste disposal areas that received a complex mixture of waste materials/chemicals. It should not be assumed that because the monitoring of surface water runoff, groundwater, or airborne gaseous emissions does not reveal exceedances of current regulatory limits or are reported as “non-detect” by the analytical methods used that the hazardous chemicals in an area no longer represent a threat to public health or environmental quality. Ongoing monitoring programs that consider newly recognized or identified pollutants should be conducted to better examine the potential for hazardous chemical releases from a hazardous chemical site.
Need for Independent Third-Party Review. Deficiencies in regulations and regulatory agency support, as well as the advocacy of interested parties, result in the public’s need for its own overseer and advocate for protection of public health and environmental quality in matters of investigation and remediation. The party(ies) responsible for the pollution/ remediation/development of a site should be required to fund the public’s hiring of qualified, independent, third-party experts to conduct independent monitoring and oversight review of the pre- and post development of a hazardous chemical site to assist the public and future property owners/users in understanding the adequacy of site investigation/remediation and ongoing monitoring.