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ORICA FINED $15,000 FOR HEAVY-METAL DISCHARGE

The Orica plant on Newcastle’s Kooragang Island plant has been fined by the EPA for releasing heavy metals. The incident was reported in March, and involved a build-up of sediment in a pipe. When dislodged, it released high levels of zinc and arsenic. Despite not finding any evidence of environmental damage, the EPA has fined Orica $15,000.

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WARATAH UNIT SEVERELY DAMAGED BY FIRE

It’s believed a curtain catching alight from a candle caused a unit fire in a Newcastle suburb overnight. The fire took hold around 8pm at the unit on Turton Road in Waratah. It took seven fire crews around 30 minutes to control the blaze. The ground floor unit has been extensively damaged, with three other units damaged by smoke. No one was injured, but approximately 20 people were evacuated.

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LAKE MACQUAIRE MAN HELD UP AT GUNPOINT

A man has been robbed at gunpoint near Lake Macquarie. Around 5:30am, the 21-year-old was walking along Violet Town Road in Tingira Heights when he was approached by two men who allegedly threatened him with a firearm, stole his mobile phone, key cards and some personal property. The pair then fled. The victim was not injured. Police would now like to speak to anyone who might have information regarding a small bronze/maroon coloured two-door vehicle seen in the area at the time of the incident.

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