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EPA asked to probe chemical spill

Updated November 11, 2011 13:07:49

New South Wales Environment Minister Robyn Parker has called for an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) report into a chemical spill at Port Kembla yesterday.

The Minister says the incident occurred at the BlueScope recycling facility, contracted to Violia.

A drum carrying waste chemicals was damaged by a forklift, exposing a worker to the fumes.

Fire and rescue crews wore protective suits as they contained and cleaned up the spill.

Fire station commander Darin Sullivan says the chemical does not pose a risk to the public.

“It’s one of those things where normal household chemicals have been put into rubbish by the looks of it and that’s caused some troubles within the materials that it’s been thrown out with,” he said.

Tags: emergency-incidents, states-and-territories, environmental-management, pollution, port-kembla-2505, wollongong-2500

First posted November 11, 2011 13:07:49

About Darin Sullivan (1968 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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