Getting better all of the time

Since the launch of tenby10, the capital invested by Nyrstar, one of the original stakeholders, along with South Australia Health, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Port Pirie Regional Council, has been in excess of $46 million.


When tenby10 started, less than 50 per cent of Port Pirie’s young children met the blood lead level target proposed by the new project.


The smelter’s contractors and employees recorded the lowest blood lead levels ever, dropping to (figures to be supplied). Plus, there was a 10 per cent improvement in children’s blood lead levels, the greatest improvement rate ever recorded in a year.


The overall lead-in-air monitoring at the boundary of the smelter site was recorded as being 50 per cent lower than three years ago.


Although falling short of the ambitious target of 95 per cent of young children being under ten by the end of 2010, 72 per cent were below the tenby10 target.


Through an ongoing commitment by all key stakeholders, including the community itself, children’s blood lead levels continue to improve under Ten for them. Latest results show that 75 per cent of the children tested have levels below 10 micrograms per decilitre of blood – the lowest figure in the past ten years.