Australia's Orica calls Kooragang Island chemical leak meeting

17 August 2011 13:10  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Orica will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the effects of a chemical leak at its Kooragang Island manufacturing site, the Australia-based explosives, chemicals and paint producer said on Wednesday.

The company has invited all of the residents of Stockton, a suburb of the city of Newcastle on Australia's east coast which abuts Kooragang Island, to the meeting, in order to respond to questions regarding the incident.

Orica announced on 11 August that an accident at the site had led to a “small amount” of sodium chromate being released into the air.

Traces of the chemical were found in Stockton, although the company has subsequently said that no residents were hurt by the leak.

Sodium chromate is a potential carcinogen and can decompose to produce another toxic chemical, chromium oxide, when heated.

By: Peter Salisbury
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