Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Contaminated Landfill Site Found during Earthworks

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Contaminated Landfill Site Found during Earthworks

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Byline: Jo Leslie BOYNE-TANNUM

A CONTAMINATED landfill site, dating from the early days of Boyne Smelters (BSL), has been uncovered during preliminary earthworks for the new carbon bake.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the landfill was discovered on Friday while workers were levelling the land in preparation for the expansion project.

The area was sealed off for water and soil testing after fears that the fill may have been contaminated with cyanide and fluoride.

The EPA identified the fill as the waste from carbon anodes (green baked) used in the manufacture of aluminium and yesterday afternoon ruled out the presence of cyanide.

An EPA spokesperson said monitoring of ground water next to the area where the material was found did not show significant quantities of fluoride.

However, the landfill site is more than 20 years old.

BSL has removed 2000 tonnes of material to a lined landfill for temporary storage before final storage at their registered landfill. …

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