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Container moved to secure premises

A freight container of chemicals dislodged in yesterday’s derailment near Penguin has been moved to secure premises in Burnie.

However, EPA Acting Director John Mollison said unpacking the container had been delayed until at least tomorrow when appropriate pumping equipment was available to remove a quantity sodium and potassium hydroxide.

Mr Mollison said there were protocols for handling chemicals and until these were in place the container could not be unpacked to measure or examine the contents.

In the meantime, the EPA has conducted further water testing in the immediate area of yesterday’s incident.

Mr Mollison said the plume had dissipated and the pH values remained within acceptable limits.

He said a second container, together with its contents of fish food, had been removed from the foreshore and would be transported to the consignee.