19 Dec 2017

Gore mayor urges govt to help clean up toxic waste

From Morning Report, 7:48 am on 19 December 2017

The liquidators of a company that was supposed to clean up thousands of tonnes of toxic waste from the Tiwai aluminium smelter say the only solution will be to ship it overseas for processing. Taha International went broke 18 months ago and the liquidators said yesterday making the waste safe will cost several million dollars and someone else will have to pay. Twenty-two thousand tonnes of partially-processed Tiwai waste is being stored at various sites around Southland. One of the sites is a disused paper mill in Gore - the town's mayor Tracy Hicks discusses the reaction with Susie Ferguson.