Concerned Costerfield residents gathered on Sunday to grill independent experts and government representatives about about the response to antimony contamination in the area.BARBARA SUNGAILA June 4, 2014 3:10am
Costerfield residents gathered on Sunday to discuss their concerns about antimony contamination in the area.
In a sometimes heated atmosphere, independent experts and government representatives fielded questions and discussed the speed of the government’s response to the situation.
Many residents believed the response had been too slow.
In the past two weeks the McIvor Times has reported several residents have registered levels of antimony well above normal and independent testing has shown high levels of antimony in some local water bodies.
Many residents believe dust from the Mandalay Resources processing plant has contributed to the problem.
A Department of State Development, Business and Innovation spokesperson confirmed consultants had been appointed to begin a comprehensive series of tests on dust levels and water bodies in Costerfield.
This testing was scheduled to begin on Monday.
A Department of Health spokesperson asked residents with health concerns to contact the department directly on 1300
The spokesperson provided an information sheet about antimony and its effects on health.
He restated the department’s belief that there was no immediate threat to health.
Mandalay Resources is supplying bottled water to all residents within 1.5km of its processing plant.
General manager Andre Booyzen has said the company will work closely with regulators and neighbours to investigate complaints about the impact of dust from the mine’s plant.
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