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DoC are dragging their feet over OIA requests about the secret storage of 1080 at Whitianga

Thanks to reader manukapath for this link. Have a read of the background info at fyi.org.nz, but do also scroll right down to the last entry on Feb 24th (still unanswered) by S.C. McKee,  a scathing commentary on what DoC should be doing and isn’t. Questions DoC is not answering adequately. For further background on the Whitianga story type Whitianga into the search box here, or go to 1080 under ‘categories’ (left of page). Finally, for those in the Horowhenua, there was a fire in a 1080 storage facility (Horizons) in Levin that the Council did not know about until a week later with word from at least one person of health effects following. Read the article here.

QUOTE:

“Question 1 ( under OIA)
Whom did you inform about the storage of the ecotoxic baits in the Liquor King building? ( from June 8th to October 17th )

Question 2 ( under OIA)
When you read the MSDS, why did you not prepare an emergency response plan knowing that in the worst case scenario of a warehouse fire, extremely toxic gas ( hydrogen fluoride) would be produced, requiring evacuation of anyone in its path?

Question 3 ( under OIA)
When you read the MSDS, you would have read that firemen attending a fire of the baits would have to be trained in the use of breathing apparatus. Why did you not check with the fire chief that they had that equipment and that his staff were trained in the use of breathing apparatus?

It is not responsible to simply dismiss my questions as fear-mongering .

Every organisation has to have health and safety and emergency plans for a worst-case scenario. School teachers when taking students on a walk or a school trip have to do a Risk-Assessment and plan for contingencies. Managing hazardous substances such as 23,700 kg of Class A1 ecotoxic baits carries with it a huge responsibility for health and safety. Especially it being stored in the middle of a town.

Under the Health and Safety at Work ( Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 from December 1st 2017, you are most certainly required have to have an emergency response plan.

The HSNO Controls for Sodium fluroroacetate cereal-based pellets state the following:

You need an emergency response plan.
Refer to the Emergency Preparation section of Your Practical Guide.
You need to refer to the safety data sheets for your substances to find out what personal protective equipment people using each substance need to wear. Also refer to the Keep Safe with Hazardous Substances section of Your Practical Guide.Under HSE, all substances require the use of protective clothing.
You need secondary containment.

Under the Official Information Act, I expect to receive a reply within 20 days, else I may complain to the Ombudsman.

Yours sincerely,

S C McKee

READ MORE OF THE BACKGROUND AT THE LINK BELOW:

https://fyi.org.nz/request/6832-hazardous-substance-inventory-for-1080-stored-in-whitianga-october-2017#followup