Mercury mill spill
Approximately 100 millilitres of mercury spilled at the Broadwater Sugar Mill on Tuesday (January 31). Mercury is extremely toxic. It affects neurological development.
NSW Fire and Rescue Hazmat crews cleaned up the spill and reportedly rendered the situation safe. WorkCover NSW is undertaking an investigation.
"We understand an ambulance attended the Broadwater Sugar Mill and paramedics have cleared all staff of health impacts," acting chief environmental regulator for the EPA Mark Gifford said. "Although there were no offsite environmental impacts from this event, the EPA takes all pollution incidents seriously. Our local staff have been in contact with the mill and have requested a full report into the cause and handling of this event."