Global Processing

Unsafe Copper Concentrate Being Transported into Australian Harbor

April 26, 2010
In Australia, whistleblowers have brought to light on tons of poisonous copper concentrate is being harbored into Darwin Harbour, which led to an inquiry by Northern Territory Government, reports TopNews New Zealand. The pollution caused by the powder-like poisonous substance can be estimated to be about 20 tons in a year. The substance accumulates and it forms a coat that spreads to several centimeters thick at East Arm Wharf and it then results in forming deep, black "slicks" in the sea. The slicks contain substances like lead, silica, arsenic and uranium. The safety data from Port Corporation also worries that prolonged exposure to the arsenic containing substance can even cause cancer. It is known that this substance enters sea while it is loaded on to ships for export to Asia.