The company says the first stage of the clean-up is expected to be completed within ten days. The entire process is expected to take a further month.
"The first phase of the clean-up covers the removal of the pitch contained in the bund wall,"
"A vacuum truck is feeding the pitch into sealed hoppers and in turn into bags, which will then be taken by truck to our Newcastle facilities and remelted back into our pitch stock for reuse.
"We received approval to start the clean-up last weekend from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and commenced work as soon as this was received."
As an added measure of security, the tank that is still in service is being reinforced to ensure that it does not present a similar problem some time into the future. This precautionary work will ensure that the facility is safe and secure.
Following a detailed survey of the site, and after discussions with the agencies such as CFA, Police, and EPA, Koppers Australia is building an earthen bund around the entire terminal as an additional precautionary measure during the clean-up process.
The clean up poses minimal risk for the community and is being undertaken by highly skilled professionals using specifically designed equipment.
Close communications with all stakeholders including the EPA, Glenelg Shire Council and other key stakeholders is being maintained.