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Pest control is big business: 1080, the curious trail of sourcing, manufacture & investment

By Carol Sawyer

1080 POISON/BAIT MANUFACTURE – TULL, ORILLION & PEST CONTROL RESEARCH LTD & 1080 USE … DoC IS ONLY HALF THE PROBLEM!

Newly confirmed information – Orillion’s sales of 1080 baits comprise:

To DoC – 30 to 50% per annum
To Ospri/TBfree – 20 to 30% per annum
To Regional Government – Up to 10% per annum

Predator Free NZ, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), (and maybe the Island Eradication Group) account for the rest it seems.

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ORILLION ANIMAL CONTROL PRODUCTS WHANGANUI

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3) Orillion/ Animal Control Products Ltd, 408 Heads Road, Whanganui

On 9 April, 2019, Claire Ogilvy sent this OIA request to the state-owned factory in Whanganui that makes 1080 baits, Animal Control Products Ltd, trading as ‘Orillion’:

“Can I please get an official response to the following questions:

Where does Animal Control Products Limited currently source the Compound 1080 used in bait manufacture? Are Connell Brothers Ltd still the distributors? If not, who is?

Does Animal Control Products Limited manufacture Compound 1080 itself, or has it ever manufactured Compound 1080 itself, in New Zealand, or had it manufactured on behalf Animal Control Products Limited by any other manufacturer or entity?

How much contingency stock do you hold?”

The very prompt reply is attached.

(If only government departments were so quick to respond, but they usually make us wait to the limit, 20 working days, and then add some.)

This reply engendered further questions… (see screenshots 5 through 8 below).

To me, some of the most important information to come out of the correspondence is this. Why? Because everyone focuses on the Dept of Conservation and what these figures tell us are that DoC is only half the problem!

Orillion’s sales of 1080 baits comprise :

To DoC – 30 to 50% per annum
To Ospri – 20 to 30% per annum
To Regional government – Up to 10% per annum

Presumably Predator Free NZ, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), and maybe the Island Eradication Group account for the rest.

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(5,6,7,8) OIA correspondence with Orillion

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PEST CONTROL RESEARCH LTD. ROLLESTON

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4) Pest Control Research Ltd, 8 Centrum Lane, Izone Business Park, Rolleston

As well as ACP Ltd/Orillion, there is a factory in Rolleston, near Christchurch, Pest Control Research Ltd/Kiwicare Corporation, that has been manufacturing 1080 baits since mid-2018, when it finally received consent to produce them. Up until that time it had only been making the non-toxic ‘prefeed’ baits.

The Dept of Conservation is now sourcing 50% of its 1080 baits for its ‘Battle For Our Birds’ programme from PCR Ltd, and the other 50% from Orillion.

PCR Ltd (Rolleston) is 49% owned by the West Coast Regional Council and 51% owned by Pest Control Investors Ltd.

Pest Control Investors Ltd has one shareholder, Kumara Trustee Ltd.

Kumara Trustee Ltd has one shareholder, Pest Control Investors Ltd.!

So the investors are well hidden and we do not (at this stage) know who they are.

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The attached response from Animal Control Products Ltd (Orillion) is puzzling in one regard. The correspondent, John ?, says:

“1080 technical grade material has never been made on a commercial scale in New Zealand and Orillion has never been involved in the manufacture of the compound in New Zealand or internationally”

How, then, does this tie in with the written answers to questions from former Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons by Jim Sutton, NZ Parliament, November 2002, where he appears to state pure 1080 was made in NZ – at the very least between 1998 and 2002!? (See below).

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It seems clear that, unlike Orillion, the Rolleston factory, Pest Control Research Ltd, is not sourcing its pure 1080 poison from Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama.

Not only does John ? (ACP Ltd) say today
“We are unaware as to where the source of 1080 for our competitor PCR originates from although China most likely has capability to manufacture” … 

but a reliable source of my own wrote a few days ago”
“Rumours suggest China. There is no way to find out. MPI know but won’t tell, despite Orillion’s source having been widely published by government agencies and others. Questions probably need to be asked.”

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Snippets:

CONNELL BROS INFORMATION

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9) Connell Bros information

1) Here FYI is the Connell Brothers website. They import the pure 1080 into New Zealand from Alabama :

https://www.connellworld.com/locations/new-zealand/

(See screenshot above).

TULL CHEMICAL CO. OXFORD, ALABAMA

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1) An aerial photo of the Tull Chemical Co in Oxford, Alabama
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2) Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama

2) We know from Mandy Ram, a Kiwi living in the USA, that Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama, (Orillion’s supplier), sources the chemicals used to manufacture its pure 1080 poison from China, and that the last shipment of chemicals they received was in January, 2019.

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PHOTOS:

1) An aerial photo of the Tull Chemical Co in Oxford, Alabama
2) Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama
3) Orillion/ Animal Control Products Ltd, 408 Heads Road, Whanganui
4) Pest Control Research Ltd, 8 Centrum Lane, Izone Business Park, Rolleston
5,6,7,8) OIA correspondence with Orillion
9) Connell Bros information
10,11) Answers to written questions to NZ Parliament by former Green Party leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, re manufacture of 1080 poison in NZ.

PS I am not attaching all the photos in this email – just the screenshots of the correspondence. “Tull 4” was sent after the first reply ( Tull One ), so they are not in order:

The controversial Tull Chemical Co in Alabama US, suppliers of pure 1080 to NZ is not closed as claimed

By Carol Sawyer

TULL CHEMICAL CO, OXFORD, ALABAMA IS STILL OPEN

There has been a lot of speculation about this in the past six months.

Mandy Ram, a Kiwi living in the USA, rang the factory today ( last night, NZ time ). The owner, Charles Wigley, answered. She asked him if Tull is still supplying NZ with pure 1080. He told her …

“I know they are making baits”. She asked where the chemicals were coming from and he said “I have to go”

… and hung up.

I rang myself just now. I got an answer phone. I realized afterwards that it was 6.00 pm in the evening there, so they will be closed. However the answer phone message was :

“You’ve reached the Tull Chemical Company. We are not able to take your call at this time. If you leave your name, contact number, and a brief message, we’ll be happy to return your call as soon as possible”.

I didn’t bother. Doesn’t sound like a “closed” company to me !

In early August, 2018, No to 1080 Use in NZ received a response to an OIA request to the NZ government. The relevant answer is attached, which says we still source our pure 1080 poison from the USA.

The Google business directory still lists Tull Chemical Co as open. However in mid-August, 2018, I received a screenshot from another friend in the USA which showed it as ” permanently closed”. (I have attached this for your interest).

As well as this, if you go to Tull Chemical Co in the Google business directory and click on photos, one of the photos is of a child in a paddling pool. Someone is playing “silly buggers”.

BUT, Tull Chemical Company, Oxford, Alabama, USA is still open for business it seems. The address is listed as 130 Burton St. The sign on the fence says 327 Burton St.

Burton St is a very short street running off Williams St, and there are no other buildings on it.

I couldn’t get Google Earth to send me screenshots today, but I took photographs myself… looking down Burton St to the factory.

Please note the sign at the start of the street which says “FLOOD AREA” and bear in mind this factory has been producing around 5 tons of pure 1080 per annum. In 2004 and 2015, owner Charles Wigley said he “makes as much as 5 tons of pure poison annually, with most of it being exported to New Zealand.”

In an article by Jay Reeves, 2004, Wigley said :

“….he follows the law and laces his poison with black dye that would show up if the chemical, an organic compound, got into either floodwaters in the neighborhood or – if used by terrorists – a public water reservoir.”

The problem is he doesn’t/didn’t dye the poison scheduled for NZ at all.. it is reportedly white. (Be a bit hard to dye it green if it was already black!)

I have also, for your interest, taken photos to left and right, looking down Williams St from the start of Burton St.

Note Monsanto link : “Tull Allen, Wigley’s grandfather, started Tull Chemical in 1956 after purchasing the process to make Compound 1080 from Monsanto Co., which had made the poison at a nearby plant that later became infamous for polluting Oxford and nearby Anniston with PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.” – Jay Reeves, South Wire, 2004

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