Environmental watchdog failed to prevent toxic PFAS chemical spill that polluted Maitland creek

Donna Page
Nick Bielby
December 29 2018 - 12:30pm
THREAT: Environment Protection Authority officers doing a walkover of the former Truegain waste-oil refinery plant at Rutherford after reports of a potential spill in 2017. Picture: Perry Duffin
THREAT: Environment Protection Authority officers doing a walkover of the former Truegain waste-oil refinery plant at Rutherford after reports of a potential spill in 2017. Picture: Perry Duffin

THE NSW environment watchdog is being charged with “sitting back and watching” a major chemical spill unfold at Truegain's abandoned Rutherford waste-oil refinery that saw toxic firefighting chemicals pollute a Maitland creek that runs to the Hunter River.

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Donna Page

Donna Page

Investigative journalist at the Newcastle Herald

Nick Bielby

Nick Bielby

Senior Journalist

Nick Bielby is a crime reporter who has worked as a journalist since 2011. Having joined the Newcastle Herald in 2017, he won a Walkley Award in 2019 with Donna Page for their investigation 'Dirty Deeds', which exposed the decades of illegal dumping of toxic material in and around a Hunter waterway.

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