Cough – as TDB was pointing out in July of last year, why trust Rio Tinto with pollution costs?
The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter at Bluff has stockpiled more than 100,000 tonnes of cyanide-laced hazardous waste less than 100 metres from a fast-eroding Southland beach.
The smelter company will not reveal its plans for the hazardous waste, despite international industry guidelines it has signed up to that say it should.
The government said earlier this month it remained “completely blind” about what contamination the closure of the smelter at Tiwai Point might leave behind.
Let’s just get this completely straight.
Are we to expect a company that will shut down a smelter because of a $46m loss and who already has a deplorable reputation for lying and deceiving the clean up of toxins is actually going to spend quarter of a billion to clean up the entirety of Tiwai Point?
A clean up the Government barely has any direct answers over.
One of the real reasons we can’t shut down Tiwai Point is because the polluters have us over a toxic barrel. The second they walk out, they will leave this toxic legacy with us to deal with and they will laugh when we try to take them to court.
We need to seize some type of leverage here because they will leave us with this poisonous wound as soon as they need to.
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