The chief executive of the Gore District Council is seething over what he sees as a broken promise from mining giant Rio Tinto.
Steve Parry believed he had made with a deal with the chief executive of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, Stewart Hamilton, on a plan to remove hazardous waste from the Southland town of Mataura.
The removal had become much more urgent after floods last week threatened to soak stored toxic material and release a dangerous cloud of ammonia gas.
Parry says the company has now reneged on the deal.
He speaks to Corin Dann.