Ben’s World goes and visit two other location in down town invercargill were dross, a toxins ‘allergic’ to water has being permitted to be stored in area susceptible to flooding. And again in each case healthy and safety requirements were openly flouted with no repercussion from the authorities. At the Liddle St not only did we find ouvea but we also smelt ammonia a sign the chemical are wet.

Video 1 my visit to site 1.

Building number 1. 162 Bond St Invercargill CBD Taha Healthy Soils with sign (that omits it classification as required) and assembly point. Assembly point is 15 feet from the front door. Legislation requires to be in an area that exceed distance of risk which for ammonia is 500 metres. 

If you look at the grass growing up in pictures of the ouvea it dead.
Indication toxins are leaching. The grass outside is also yellow and dead.

Site one address is Taha Healthy Soil 162 Bond St Invercargil. This hazadous waste is stored next to a Fruit and Vegetable wholesaler in a flood prone area. The firm was a subsidiary of Taha Asia Pacific and was removed from registry in 2016 after its CEO died of cancer.

The sign above is bogus and does list it haz chem unit number. Unlike the correct signage below. This alow emergency services to know what the risk is and how to best treat the risk. The reason its not signed correctly is the waste inside is class 4 need protective clothing and breathing respirator. Authority are trying to pretend that only class 6 is stored.
Liddle Street below also had ouvea stored inside in large quantities. It is also stored in flood proned area. This location reeks of the smell of ammonia the sign that ouvea has got wet. Thats bad. Ammonia in water ways not create nitrates that feed algae that cause cancer. Ammonia is flammable. Liddle St is about 200 metres from major petrol station.
Liddle Street reeks of ammonia and corruption.

Recap I visited two site I knew were use for storage and found and photographed ouvea in large quantities. Both sites are located in flood zones. All three sites do not list the hazard classification on site, as is required when storing waste and thus breach district planning requirements. At the Bond St Site it located with 10 metres of where

people work and food is stored. People we spoke to at the fruit and veg ware house seem to think it was dropped there two years ago by a TNL truck. At Liddle St site (300 metres or so from a petrol station) I did a small video clip to catch the sound of machinery and people up stairs and I could also see large quantities of ouvea through the crack of the door where the odour of ammonia is pungent and distinctive. We know of other sites that also contain dross or ouvea at Winton and possible two other sites. I am also investigating one at Bluff on Croyden St. The other is in disused coal mine in Night Caps. We also know 180,000 of actual tonnes of dross is stored at Tiwai what happens to that if Tiwai closes. And at least two farmers say it was dumped on their farms.

The Taha stuff at Matura is listed as class 4,6, & a third unlisted class, by a former Taha director Hamis Mccullum who attended the Matura public meeting and was just referred to as a “waste disposal expert”. The Gore District Council consent documents calls the ouvea at the old paper mill class 6 but that can easily proved as also not true. Truck moving the material from the Matura location do not appear to be following health and safety protocols. And those involved are not being issued the correct protective clothing and equipment required by law to handle this material.

Their is also the issue of what happen to the 35,000 tonnes at Edendale hidden in gravel which Environment South documents as containing high levels of a  variety of toxin including heavy metal cyanide and fluoride. Where is it now? Our information tells us some is at Tiwai some is stored at Winton. This material to be stored correctly at Winton would need to be diluted at 101 at a cost of $200.00 a tonne that would cost 70 million. Tomove the stuff at Mataura would cost (using the same formula) over 20 million. It would need to be tested before it was allowed to be packaged and moved. Local and central government politicians are trying to draw public attention to only one site and the figure of 10,000 tonnes as they also down play why ammonia in the water is a bad thing. They have failed to explain how it can create nitrate that stimulate algae linked to cancer as is now a recognised concern to New Zealand health official due to a peer reviewed report called the Dane report.  The Southland Times has refused to publish this fact other media want to but are reluctant to touch the story in an election year for fear of upsetting the government.    

Environment South is being silent on this issue. Environment South major sponsor for it awards are Tiwai. Tiwai relys on the wharf in Bluff that is 60% owned by Environment South. Environment South is guilty of major conflicts of interest. And has failed the people of Southland.

There are two companies involved Taha Asia Pacific who went into liquidation in 2015 after prosecution for dumping 35,000 tonnes of material they called ouvea but which proved to have heavy metal and other toxins in it as well. The second company is Taha Health Soil which was wound up in 2016 after it CEO died of cancer. Taha official are also being used by the local council to move this material and presumably are being paid for their involvement in how too clean up the mess they created when their parent firm liquidated Taha Pacific liquidated in 2015.

The contract written by Hamish McCullum (the man now contracted to move the dross – for a third time now) state Tiwai owns the material they were only contracted to store it. Tiwai would have being responsible for packaging this material (and having it tested) which came from it plants and was loaded onto trucks on its premises. The government and council are responsible for insuring the paper work and testing of materials prior to shipment was correct and the hazardous products were also stored and packaged correctly. This would require monitoring and inspections of sites. The existing of bogus sites hanging on the wall at all three location is but one indication that authorities at the Invercargil City Council, Gorde District Council and Central government did not execute due diligence when exercising their offical duties. The failure of Healthy and Safety and ACC to get involved when incidents did occur (e.g Matura workers made ill by the toxins) compounds that factor of gross negligence by the government at all levels.

Ben Vidgen Ben’s World (DEADLINE)

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