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Govt puts $1m into Timaru toxic clean-up

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

The government is putting nearly $1 million into a toxic clean up in Timaru.

The $975,000, will go to Environment Canterbury which will co-ordinate the removal of 90,000 litres of hazardous substances from an old electroplating site on Timaru's North Street.

Environment Minister Nick Smith says it's potentially contamined by heavy metals including chromium, nickel, cyanide and asbestos that have been improperly stored.

"The removal of these hazardous substances will address the immediate risk to human and environmental health," he said on Thursday.

Timaru District Council is taking ownership of the site, and what it does with it depends on the outcome of a contamination investigation.

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