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New Zealand firefighters to enter Carter Holt paper mill site to assess toxic risk after flooding

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New Zealand firefighters to enter Carter Holt paper mill site to assess toxic risk after flooding

February 08, 2020 - 16:39
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OTAGO, New Zealand, Feb. 8, 2020 (Otago Daily Times) -Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) teams are this morning heading to the Mataura paper mill to assess whether the town remains at risk from an ammonia gas reaction.

Thousands of tonnes of a potentially dangerous chemical — known as ouvea premix — is stored in the former Carter Holt Harvey paper mill, next to the flooded Mataura River.

The dross from the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) Tiwai Point smelter is classified as a class 6 hazardous substance, which can generate poisonous ammonia gas if it comes into contact with water.

Otago Daily Times - Firefighters to enter paper mill to assess toxic risk

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