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Chemical Hazards from the mining operations in Loloho, Bougainville

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Peace Monitoring Group Survey (1999) of the Residual Chemical Hazards from the mining operations in Loloho, Bougainville

Chemicals present at Loloho, Bouganville:

Reference A: Op Bel Isi II AC563 Accident or Incident Report (chemical exposure list) 1999

Reference B: Cogent Chemical Assessment and Hazard Audit Loloho 4 – 14 January 1999

 

 

 

Reference A

Reference A states that personnel deployed to Operation Bel Isi may be exposed to the following chemicals and dangerous substances which are present in a deteriorating state at Loloho:

a. aluminium sulfate

b. ammonia

c. cationic polyacrilamide

d. chlorine, chlorine gas

e. formaldehyde

f. hexamine

g. lime, calcium hydroxide

h. liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)

i. PCB cleaning solvent (PCC)

j. PCC005, PC020, PCC200M

k. a radioactive substance

l. sodium chromium trioxide

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Reference B

In addition to the chemicals listed above, Reference B has identified the following substances that are present in a deteriorating state at Loloho or nearby sites:

a. acrylic acid (contains some benzene)

b. Arcadri 60 (dewatering agent for concentrates)

c. asbestos

d. Catoleum Alfloc 19 (Nalco 19)

e. chromium trioxide

f. diesel

g. drums bearing a Catoleum label

h. fuel oil (low sulfur fuel)

i. methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC)

j. PCBs

k. polyacrilamide (DOW AP237E, releasing ammonia on decomposition)

l. potassium amyl xanthalate (PAX, releases carbon disulfide and hydrogen sulfide on decomposition)

m. sodium chromate

n. sodium isopropyl xanthalate (SIPX, releasing carbon disulfide on decomposition)

 

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