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New Zealand Toxic Scandal Reignited

Posted by te2ataria on June 10, 2009


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Here’s what we find in our fields, playgrounds, and under our homes – Imagine what you’ll find in the food imported from New Zealand

The Nightmare Repeats Across the Country. Charmaine Batt and son Josiah Warbrick were horrified to discover  tetrachlorophenol and tetrachlorobenzene which contain cancer-causing dioxins were found buried in a field near their home.

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Charmaine Batt and son Josiah Warbrick are shocked that the Marfell Park site was once used as a dumping ground for toxic chemicals. Photo: ROBERT CHARLES (Stuff NZ). Image may be subject to copyright.

Dow Agro Sciences, formerly Ivon Watkins-Dow, the company that manufactured the deadly chemicals, said it “did not know how chemicals got there.”

“Operations leader Andrew Syme said the company would have used municipal landfills along with many other companies in the past.” Report said.

“The company’s long-standing practice was that chemical drums were not disposed in public waste facilities and Dow AgroSciences had not handled tetrachlorobenzene and trichlorophenol for more than 20 years, he said.”

“Former Banks St resident Noel Scouller, 72, said his four children used to play in the dump before it was closed over.”

Mr Scouller and his four kids, have suffered illnesses which he said “came from living next to the dump or near the former Ivon Watkins-Dow plant.”

“I’m just hanging in hoping that one day someone will be answerable and say sorry. I don’t want the money, I just know in my own heart that dioxin is the cause,” Mr Scouller said.

“Mother-of-three Gloria Bristone said she hadn’t thought about letting her kids play on the old dump site before, but it explained why their grazes and cuts took longer to heal.” Report said.

“A couple of days after the kids go there they get a lot of sores, kind of break out in a rash,” she said.

“The sores don’t heal as fast as they should do our oldest has been on medication for three months and it’s only just gone away.

“The doctor didn’t know what it was.”

According to Dioxin campaigner Andrew Gibbs “the levels of dioxin found in Marfell were the highest-ever detected in New Zealand.”

Taranaki Regional Council say their tests  showed concentrations of dioxin in the buried drums was three parts per million.

“It’s the highest level that I know of. That’s hot,” Mr Gibbs said. More …

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