Regulators launch probe over Alcoa spill

Regulators launch probe over Alcoa spill

Inspectors from the Division of Mines have spent the day at Alcoa’s Wagerup Alumina Refinery as a part of an investigation right into a spill of alkaline processing liquid on the plant earlier this week.

A spokesperson for Alcoa of Australia confirmed workers on the plant turned conscious of the spill about 10.30pm on Tuesday night, which is believed to have come from a processing liquid tank with a capability of seven million litres.

The spill is known to have been contained to the working footprint of the refinery, with nearly all of the fabric captured by the bund beneath the tank and on the bitumen. 

It isn’t clear what number of litres had been launched.

No staff had been within the instant neighborhood on the time of the incident and Alcoa has since performed a clean-up of the location.

Division of Mines Trade Regulation and Security Harmful Items and Petroleum Security director Steve Emery instructed Enterprise Information that Alcoa had suggested the division of the incident the next morning.

After receiving further data on Thursday, Mr Emery stated the division determined that it was applicable for inspectors to journey to the location to raised perceive the character, extent, and reason for the incident, in addition to any security and compliance implications.

The investigation into the reason for the incident is ongoing.