Contaminant handling advice 'misinterpreted'

Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014

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Taha Asia Pacific has apologised to its workers and says it is working with Environment Southland to comply with orders relating to a noxious contaminant.

Taha managing director Mark Egginton said the company was working to comply with orders issued by the Environment Court and understood the seriousness of this situation.

"We would like to apologise to the workers affected by this material and acknowledge that we had misinterpreted an advice on how the material could be safely used."

Taha Asia Pacific and Taha Fertilizer Industries were served interim enforcement orders by the Environment Court after it was found they dumped aluminium dross at Crawford Enterprises in Coalpit Rd, Edendale.

However, Egginton said the material used at Edendale site was called Ouvea premix and not aluminum dross, as had been misreported and incorrectly identified in the documents filed with the Environment Court.

Ouvea premix had substantially different chemical characteristics than dross and could safely be used as a foundation material if mixed with concrete or lime. Unfortunately, in this instance, it was only mixed with gravel, which is not enough to make it safe to use, he said.

The deadline for the enforcement orders was yesterday extended to September 5 by Environment Court judge Jane Borthwick.

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