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When are NZ authorities going to take toxic 1080 bait storage seriously?

WHEN IS NEW ZEALAND GOING TO TAKE TOXIC 1080 BAIT STORAGE SERIOUSLY?

By Carol Sawyer

With the recent revelations that a 1080 storage shed at Haast, South Westland, was invaded by floodwaters last month, it is surely well past time to look at this lax situation.

LEVIN, HOROWHENUA :

In Levin, in January, 2018, a building owned by the Horizons Regional Council, and used for 1080 bait storage, caught fire :

“Controversial pest control poison 1080 was stored in a Levin depot that was burgled and torched last week.

The fire tore through the Horizons Regional Council depot on Thursday night, destroying equipment and melting vehicles.”

Horizons Regional Council chief executive, Michael McCartney said “…all run-off associated with putting out the fire was contained onsite and there are no environmental or health concerns”!!!!

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm…

Yet the attached letter from Orillion, the NZ government-owned factory in Whanganui that manufactures 1080 baits, states clearly:

“The burning of products containing even low concentrations of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) may release toxic hydrogen fluoride gas of sufficiently high concentration to cause a danger to humans in the vicinity”.

4. ORILLION

See more here : https://www.facebook.com/…/a.245562502295…/845013939016569/…

WHITIANGA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA:

In Whitianga, in 2017, 23.7 tonnes of 1080 baits were stored by the Dept of Conservation at the back of the ‘Liquor King Building’ for 4 1/2 months. pending an aerial 1080 operation in the area. Locals were later informed that the district Fire Chief had been unaware of this. The Thames-Coromandel District Council was also reportedly unaware. The building was surrounded by two supermarkets and next door to a “Placemakers” store. Residential housing was just metres away, over the fence. On the evening of loading up, ( October 17, 2017 ), the air was thick with dust, which would have landed all over people’s lawns and vegetable gardens. The residents were not informed about what was going on.

BLENHEIM, MARLBOROUGH:

At Tua Marina, near Blenheim, up to 200 tonnes of 1080 poison baits are allowed to be stored at any one time at 121 Thomas Road, at Impact Storage Ltd ( appropriate name!), just a few kilometres from the local primary school and beside the Wairau River.
NB: 200 tonnes of 1080 baits contain enough pure 1080 to kill 4 million x 70 kg human beings and make another 4 million very ill indeed!

See more here : http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/concerns-about-storag…/…

and a dog’s death:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1705377442922345&set=a.794314170695348&type=3&theater

TE ANAU, FIORDLAND:

An old laundry building in Te Anau, 52 Caswell Road, is reportedly used for storing 1080 poison baits before aerial 1080 operations in Fiordland.

JJ Nolan’s Transport Ltd, of Haast has been seen unloading 1080 baits there. The building is at the entrance to Northern Southland Transport’s depot. Northern Southland Transport Ltd deliver 1080 baits to aerial 1080 operations.

I was told “DoC have a lease on the old launderette building in Caswell St. They have stored 1080 in the past. ‘Fiordland Jet’ rent it from DoC when it is not needed.”

On the other side of the building, at 48 Caswell Road is “Safer Parking” !!!

PORT NELSON:

Port Nelson, 45 Vickerman Street, Nelson.

‘JJ Nolan Transport Ltd’ again … unloading 1080 poison baits at Port Nelson, 24 September, 2014. Filmed by Glen Tomlinson :

https://www.facebook.com/glen.j.tomlin…/…/10205071659175912/

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Nelson Mail report, 26 September, 2014, here :

http://www.stuff.co.nz/…/10…/Fears-raised-over-1080-storage…

“DoC spokeswoman Trish Grant said there were 73 tonnes of non-toxic bait and 150 tonnes of toxic bait in storage in the port industrial area.”!

150 tonnes of 1080 baits contain enough pure 1080 poison ( at 0.15% ) to kill over 3 million people, and make another 3 million seriously ill.
(LD50 is 0.5 – 2 mg per kg bodyweight)

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Merrick Allan’s eyewitness report on a ‘Solly’s’ freight truck being loaded at lunchtime, 13th October, 2014.

(It is important to note here that Sollys Freight has REFUSED to transport 1080 baits since 2014 ! The big drops in 2016 and 2017 for Kahurangi were carted by T Croft Ltd of Greymouth.)  :

  • “the ‘Anchor Bar and Grill Restaurant’ entrance is only 50 metres away from the loading site.
  • no barriers or notices, no health warnings, and loading and unloading being done with trucks no more than 10 metres from the public footpath.
  • no barriers, the gates were open
  • no police, anyone could just have wandered on in
  • the truck did have a toxic sign on front
  • the bags clearly stated on pallet wrap 1080 toxic
  • the loader-driver was wearing overalls only
  • stench of cinnamon drifting out on to the road

a DoC worker came out and asked what we were up to, as we had taken photos.
I commented that the practice was despicable, storing 1080 50 metres from a restaraunt/bar and loading it at lunch time. I was told by the female DoC worker, “It’s wrapped and sealed” i commented that must be why I can smell cinnamon, and poison…
I also asked “What is the antidote for 1080 ?” She replied “Water”!”

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And so it goes on… a disaster just waiting to happen. Or maybe it already has !!!

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SLIDE SHOW PHOTOS:

1. Horizons Regional Council Building, Levin. Fire tore through here in January,2018. 1080 baits were stored here. Photo NZ Herald – article here :https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11980969&ref=twitter&fbclid=IwAR1N0gkJdU52BuOgBgAQZHCrSsB126M7bYZrC-AMtQSmtrBzVYqlPLejywI

2. WHITIANGA: The Liquor King Building. 20 Joan Gaskell Drive, in Whitianga’s CBD, where 23.7 tonnes of 1080 baits were stored for months pending an aerial 1080 operation in October, 2017..

3. Coromandel Peninsula : The Liquor King Building. 20 Joan Gaskell Drive, in Whitianga’s CBD, where 23.7 tonnes of 1080 baits were stored in the back for 4.5 months pending an aerial 1080 operation in October, 2017..

4. ORILLION DOCUMENT

5. 1080 bait storage shed belonging to JJ Nolan Transport Ltd, Okuru, Haast, South Westland, in a flood prone area. This shed is approximately 1,100 cu m, according to Richard Healey’s calculations, so can potentially hold hundreds of tonnes of 1080 baits. Photo – Joel Lund

6. OKURU, HAAST, SOUTH WESTLAND: 1080 bait storage shed belonging to JJ Nolan Transport Ltd, affected by floodwaters, March, 2019 – Okuru, Haast, South Westland

7. TUA MARINA, BLENHEIM: 1080 bait storage ( up to 200 tonnes at any one time ) at 121 Thomas Road, Tua Marina, Blenheim. Note proximity of Wairau River. The local primary school is just 3.2 kms away by road.

8. TE ANAU, Firodland – The old laundry building where 1080 poison baits are reportedly stored is 50 Caswell Road, Te Anau, ( with the red roof ). 52 Caswell Road is the Northern Southland Transport truck depot ( you can see the trucks moving around with their familiar brown and cream signature colours.) On the other side, at 48 Caswell Road is “Safer Parking”.

9. The old laundry building in Te Anau where 1080 poison baits are reportedly stored before aerial 1080 operations in Fiordland. When not being used for 1080 storage, DoC have dit out to Fiordland Jet

10. TE ANAU: “Safer Parking”, situated next door to the old laundry building that is reportedly used to store 1080 baits before aerial 1080 operations in Fiordland.

11. TE ANAU : The entrance to Northern Southland Transport Ltd’s yard, beside the old laundry building which is reportedly used to store 1080 baits before aerial 1080 operations

12. The old laundry building in Te Anau ( red roof ) where 1080 poison baits are reportedly stored before aerial 1080 operations in Fiordland. When not being used for 1080 storage, DoC have dit out to Fiordland Jet

13. PORT NELSON
A ‘Sollys’ truck being loaded with 1080 poison baits , 24 September, 2014, at AS Fiskevegn House, a blue-and-white warehouse over the road from the Anchor Restaurant. Photo – Merrick Allan. (NB: Sollys Transport have REFUSED to transport 1080 poison baits since 2014. The he big drops in 2016 and 2017 for Kahurangi were carted by T Croft Ltd.of Greymouth )

 

The Levin 1080 fire: Part 2 (Kapiti Independent)

A follow up-article from Kapiti Independent News on the 1080 fire in Levin. Part 1 is here.

We first reported on this event in Levin on Feb 22nd & again on March 8th. At the time it was being discussed on a Facebook 1080 forum, a man reported the health effects he had been experiencing. I did exchange words with him then, inquiring further of his experience however he stopped responding to my messages.   EnvirowatchRangitikei


By Mary Wood and Anne Hunt

Where a substantial amount of hazardous substances are stored, the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 state that it is the responsibility of the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), to ensure that a full risk assessment is carried out by Fire & Emergency NZ.

Outcomes from these risk assessments include ensuring that

  • crucial signage is erected around the storage areas
  • safe drainage facilities are available to prevent contamination of waterways.

In theory, these formalised procedures are overseen by the local District Health Board’s Chief Medical Officer, who, in the event of a fire or other emergency such as an earthquake, assess the risks to nearby residents and workers from any toxic smoke and fumes and if necessary, instigate the pre-arranged evacuation plan.

READ MORE

https://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/1080-fire-part-2/

Petition For Inquiry into the storage of bulk 1080 in the Whitianga Central Business District – please read & consider signing – it could be your district next

We the undersigned petition the Mayor, Chief Executive, and elected councillors of Thames Coromandel District Council to undertake a full and independent enquiry into the storage of 1080 in the Whitianga CBD at 20 Joan Gaskell Drive, behind Department of Conservation offices.

We further petition Council to protect the health and safety of ratepayers by undertaking independent water monitoring for poison residues following all 1080 aerial operations, within the parameters and time frames set by Manaaki Whenua /Landcare Research, and with public notification of the results.

Was it legal to store 1080 adjacent to residences and food and beverage outlets? Who knew about this storage? Who was notified? Who should have been notified?

We request that the answers to these all these questions are made public.

READ MORE

https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/monitoring-of-whitianga-s-town-water-supply?source=facebook-share-button&time=1509837016