Greenpeace Australia stepped up its campaign to ban PVC from the Sydney 2000 Olympics by digging several kilometers of PVC pipe out of the Olympic site at Homebush, west of Sydney. On Oct. 23, 25 Greenpeace activists dug out PVC pipes used in preliminary drainage works at the Homebush site. The pipe, which Greenpeace replaced with clay and stainless steel piping, was dumped at the front door of the Olympic Coordination Authority offices in Sydney.
Michael Bland, Greenpeace Olympics campaigner, said use of PVC piping breaches Sydney's environmental guidelines for the 2000 Olympics. He said Greenpeace is committed to preventing use of PVC in facilities for the Sydney Olympics and will initiate further protest action if required.
Sydney's environmental guidelines for the 2000 Olympics included a commitment to ``minimizing, and ideally avoiding, use of chlorine-based products such as PVC.''
However, the OCA, responsible for constructing the Homebush site, has refused to rule out use of PVC, saying all building materials will be subject to impartial environmental scrutiny.
``Someone is cutting corners and the reputation of Sydney's `Green Games' is at stake,'' Bland said. ``The undermining of the reasons why Sydney got the Games threatens to be an international embarrassment for Australia.''
Michael MacKellar, Australia's Plastics & Chemical Industries Association chief executive, said Greenpeace is ``out of touch with scientific facts.'' He said research shows the environmental impact of PVC in building products is no greater than other materials.