‘Irresponsible’: council investigates mysterious chemical dump at showground

CHEMICAL DUMP: on Tueaday morning Orange City Council staff were called to investigate the dumping of chemicals at Orange Showground shortly before the foam covering the chemicals dissipated. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1013sgshowgroundTHE person who illegally dumped chemicals on a large patch of grass in the middle of the Orange Showground this week could face a hefty fine if they are caught.

Orange City Council spokesman Nick Redmond said council staff learnt of the chemical dumping early on Tuesday morning.

“Staff responded quickly and what looked like a 20-metre-wide strip of foam was found on a grassed area to the north of the fenced showground ring,” Mr Redmond said.

“The foam evaporated quickly, but not enough of the material was able to be gathered to gain a sample for testing.”

Mr Redmond said while staff were unable to work out the chemical’s content they formed the opinion that someone with an agricultural boom spray had come to the showground early on Tuesday morning and emptied the contents of a chemical tank onto the grass.

“It’s hard to fathom how potentially irresponsible this action could be,” he said.

“There’s been no rain, but the chemical could have run into a nearby creek.

“There was no obvious odour so staff are reasonably confident there is no ongoing risk to anyone in the area.”

Council staff approached nearby residents to see if they had noticed anything at the time of the incident.

Council also reported the incident to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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