More than 100 million gallons of toxic chemicals have been spilled across the world since the start of the year, including a chemical used in some cosmetics and household products.
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The most dangerous inland spill is a chemical discharge that is not within 1,000 metres of a major city, but could have been released by a truck.
The spill was reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Monday, and the AMSA says it will look into the incident.
In the case of the chemical spill, the company that spilled it is a subsidiary of a subsidiary company of a multinational chemical company, and that subsidiary company is also responsible for other inland spills in other countries.
The Australian government is also looking into the spill.
“There are some chemicals that are a bit more toxic, but we do not know yet whether those are more toxic than the chemicals that have been found,” Dr Paul Stokes, the AMS’s head of operations, said.
The chemical that spilled is a product of a joint venture between AGL Resources and a subsidiary called BASF.
The subsidiary that spilled the chemicals, BASF Chemicals, said it has not been able to reach a solution to the spill, and has been working with the AMSFSA.
“The chemicals we have detected were in a product that was sold in Australia to be used in Australia,” a spokesperson for BASF told ABC Radio National.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused.
Our thoughts are with all affected families and communities.”
The chemicals were released by truckload, which has not yet been determined.
“These are extremely toxic chemicals and we’ve had a number of people who have experienced very serious health effects as a result of the release,” Dr Stokes said.
“Our hope is that the health impacts associated with this spill will be reduced.”
Dr Stokes added that the company will be taking the chemicals off the market within a week.
“This will ensure that we don’t create a further toxic situation,” he said.BASF has told the ABC that the chemicals are still being stored at the factory and that it plans to immediately resume operations.
The AMSA said the chemicals were not released on the basis of safety standards and that the spill was caused by a technical error, rather than a breach of environmental or safety standards.
The safety of inland waterways is a top priority for the AMSS, and in recent years it has helped close thousands of pollution-related leaks.
The chemicals are often used in cosmetics, and some have also been found in household products, but they are not commonly found in Australian waters.