NSW Sugar Mill Co-Op chief executive officer Chris Connors.
NSW Sugar Mill Co-Op chief executive officer Chris Connors. Doug Eaton

Correct practice follows spill

THE head of the NSW Sugar Mill Co-Op Ltd has commended the actions of those involved in responding to a mercury spill at a local mill this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, emergency services were called to the Broadwater Sugar Mill on the Pacific Highway after a minor mercury leak from a container in storage.

Initial reports were that the spill amounted to 900ml, but NSW Sugar Mill Co-Op chief executive officer Chris Connors confirmed yesterday that only 200ml of material had leaked.

"Staff followed site procedures, isolated the leak and notified NSW Fire and Rescue, Environmental Department and Workcover," he said in a statement.

"The HAZMAT crew and staff on site ensured the spill was dealt with in an appropriate manner

"No employees, community or environment were put at risk.

"We will be undertaking a full review and investigation and reporting to the appropriate departments accordingly."

Mr Connors commended the Mill employees and staff for their response.

"Mercury is a chemical that needs to be handled with care and appropriate procedures need to be followed in any clean up to ensure that it is contained in a safe manner," he said.

"I commend the employees in attendance for their safe management of the situation.

"However, any suggestion that the leak was a major incident is a complete exaggeration."



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