SA scientists warn against rush to desalination

Posted on 31/05/2008  
A group of South Australian scientists have written to the State Government warning against desalination when little is known about the long-term effects on marine life. Dr Toby Boulton says there's great public and scientific concern about the three desalination plant proposals in SA. One, proposed by BHP Billiton in the upper reaches of the Spencer Gulf, will feed its expanded uranium mine. Another proposed by developers in Port Hughes will be primarily used to water a golf course. The third proposed by the State government is a 50-gigalitre plant at Port Stanvac. The scientists say desalination plants are a high-energy solution that may exacerbate climate change.

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