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Media Release

Chemical incident along truck route between Fremantle and Maddington
Wednesday 29 January 2014 – 12:25 AM
There was a chemical incident along a truck route on Tuesday evening between 4pm and 6pm.
 
A truck carrying herbicide in a sea container has spilt up to 300 litres.
 
The chemical has been identified as Paraquat. It is used as a weed killer and is toxic when it comes into contact with skin, irritation with redness and itchiness. Skin irritation can be relieved by washing the affected area with warm soapy water.
 
The chemical is very toxic if ingested however this is extremely unlikely to have occurred in this incident.
 
People with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
 
As a precautionary measure, people who drove along the route taken by the truck should check the outside of their vehicle for contamination. If the chemical splashed onto a vehicle it may leave aqua (blue-green) staining which can be washed off with soapy water.
 
The truck left DP World at the Fremantle Port and travelled the following route to Maddington:
·         Port Beach Rd
·         Tydeman Rd
·         Stirling Hwy
·         Leach Hwy
·         Kwinana Fwy
·         Roe Hwy
·         Kenwick Link
·         Royal St
·         Bickley Rd
·         Valencia Way
·         Orchard Rd
 
The route is currently being inspected by firefighters to identify any spillage. Clean-up crews are ready to immediately respond.
 
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) Pollution Response Unit has assessed the environmental risk in conjunction with DFES and other agencies.
 
Current information indicates the risk to the environment is low.
 

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