Orica to face angry residents over plant spill

Orica has arranged a meeting with the local community over the recent chemical leak from its Kooragang ammonia plant.

Orica has arranged a meeting with the local community over the recent chemical leak from its Kooragang ammonia plant.

Company spokesperson Nicole Ekert said the meeting will allow the community to ask questions about the incident and the response, according to the Newcastle Herald.

This comes as NSW premier Barry O’Farrell announced an independet inquiry into the incident.

NSW Health has also released its most detailed results of the Stockton tests to find the leaked chemical, hexavalent chromium, or ‘chromium six’.

According to NSW Health, an expert panel found that the levels of chromium six were low and presented no health risks to locals.

Earlier in the month, Orica was forced to suspend operations at the Kooragang Island ammonia plant after the chemicals escaped.

Operations have not recommenced, and will not until the company and regulators are satisfied that this incident can not occur again, Orica states.

It delayed notifying the correct authorities and local residents after the spill, which exposed 20 workers to chromium six.

Local residents were outraged that they were not informed immediately after the spill and were potentially exposed.

There has now been a push for a class action, from the local residents, over the spill.

Erin Brockovich has also been invited to come over from the US to inform and represent resident.

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