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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)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is 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. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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