Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Professor Jochen Mueller to “lead an expert review of the testing for environmental contaminants, undertaken by Government agencies, following the Mitchell fire.”
“I announced late last week that the Government would be appointing an independent expert to review the Government’s testing regime following the incident at Mitchell. I am happy to announce the appointment of Professor Jochen Mueller to conduct this work,” Mr Corbell said.
Professor Mueller currently works for the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology at the University of Queensland, where he is a Professorial Research Fellow and the Centre’s Group Leader for Water, Air Quality and Biomonitoring.
“Professor Mueller’s research focus has been on the sources, fate and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (such as PCBs and dioxins) and he and his team have played a major role in Australia’s National Dioxin Program, expertise which I believe is vital to this review”.
Professor Mueller and his research colleagues have worked extensively on the occurrence of organic pollutants and have a sample archive which allows retrospective analysis of changes in pollutant exposure in Australia.
Professor Mueller studied at the University of Hohenheim and at Griffith University prior to joining the University of Queensland’s leading edge toxicology research centre. His early research focused on the transfer pathways of dioxin-like chemicals from contaminated sites into food plants.
“As I have previously said, I am committed to this review and I welcome Professor Mueller’s assessment of the Government’s testing regime following this incident, including any recommendations for future testing procedures.”
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