Government considers legal action after company reneges on deal to move hazardous chemicals from Mataura

The Government is considering legal action after a deal to move potentially dangerous chemicals from the Southland town of Mataura fell through.

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This could happen if chemicals store at the site in Southland are mixed with water. Source: 1 NEWS

The stockpile of 10,000 tonnes of ouvea premix, which creates ammonia gas when wet, came to national attention during flooding last week.

It's a by-product from the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. 

The local council claims bosses there struck a handshake deal to move it after the flood, but owners Rio Tinto have since reneged.

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