The disgusting cronyism and incompetance of everyone supposed to keep us safe from the toxic pollution of Rio Tinto goes from th top down.
Th incompetent Government who have no idea how much poison Rio Tinto has secretly buried.
Th incompetent Regional Council who have no idea how much poison is leaking into the water.
The incompetent Invercargill City Council who have no idea about anything…
Investigators are looking into claims highly toxic waste has been buried in unmapped sites at the Tiwai Pt aluminium smelter.
This includes spent cell liner (SCL) waste that contains cyanide and toxic fluoride, and is banned from being buried untreated in both the US and Australia.
The warning last October from the compliance section of Environment Southland is in documents released to RNZ under the OIA.
“Former staff of the smelter report burying of spent cell linings or contaminated material in various parts of the Tiwai site,” said the report into “key matters” for cleaning up the huge site next to conservation land once the smelter shuts in 2024.
…Folks I don’t want to go on and on and on about this, but I think we should be seriously considering about some way to seize Rio Tinto assets now before they bugger off because I just don’t believe they are going to stump up with the $250m needed to decontaminate Tiwai Point when they leave next year.
Think about it.
If a multi-billion dollar Corporation is walking away because of a $46m loss last year…
…why the fuck would they spend $250million cleaning up their toxic pollution?
Remember the current situation whereby Rio Tinto ‘contracted’ out clean up obligations to a company that then went belly up leaving all the toxic pollution behind…
The closure of Tiwai Point aluminium smelter has raised concerns over what it will mean for the thousands of tonnes of potentially toxic waste stored in the small Southland town of Mataura.
So-called ouvea premix in the town’s papermill came under threat from floodwaters in February and the uncertainty about its future is worrying those who live there.
The community did not have a lot of faith in Rio Tinto after the way in which the material ended up in the town and had remained since.
Taha Asia Pacific was contracted by the smelter to process its waste in 2011, but that company moved the ouvea premix into the papermill under the cover of night and without consent.
…that cost to Rio Tinto was $4m.
If they are going to renege and play games over waste worth $4m, what the living Christ are they going to do for a bill of $250million?
Look, Rio Tinto have an appalling track record around the world of screwing over the local populations they pollute, look at how they destroyed a 46 000 year old Aboriginal cave and obscenely shrugged…
Rio Tinto has repeated its apology to traditional owners for the destruction of a rock shelter that had been occupied for more than 46,000 years, after its iron ore chief executive, Chris Salisbury, reportedly told a staff meeting that the apology was for any distress caused, not an admission the company had done wrong.
According to the Australian Financial Review, which says it heard a recording of a Rio Tinto staff meeting held last Wednesday, Salisbury described the events leading up to the detonation of the site, then said: “That’s why we haven’t apologised for the event itself, per se, but apologised for the distress the event caused.”
He also reassured staff the company maintained the backing of “political leaders of both sides” (despite the federal Labor party forming a Senate inquiry), saying he had “engaged with lots and lots of stakeholders and … quietly, there is still support for us out there”.
…if you are an enormous evil corporation who is closing a smelter because of a $46m loss, who manipulates and drags their heels over a $4m clean up and who doesn’t care about committing a cultural war crime against humanity, why the hell do any of you think they’ll pay us quarter of a billion to clean up their toxic legacy at Tiwai?
They desecrate 46000 year old Aboriginal cave art, they have reneged on previous clean up promises, and now they’v been busted hiding toxic waste.
What part of any of this makes you think they will stump up with the $250million required to remove their poison from Tiwai Point?
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