Over the past three weeks trucks have been transporting the pitch to Koppers facilities in Newcastle, where it is being remelted back into pitch stock for reuse.
Koppers Australia says the first phase, which covers the removal of the spilt pitch, will recommence immediately after the Easter break and will be completed soon thereafter.
The company has also advised that the reinforcing around the other tank, which is still in service, has now been completed. This is precautionary work to further ensure the safety and security of the facility.
The clean up has posed minimal risk for the community and has been undertaken by highly skilled professionals using specifically designed equipment. Progress to date has been highly satisfactory.
Close communications are being maintained with all stakeholders including WorkSafe, the EPA, Glenelg Shire Council and the local community.