N3: R1 Million bill for creosote spill

2011-06-23 00:00

THE company whose truck spilt creosote into Allerton stream after an accident on the N3 last Friday, is likely to face a bill of more than R1 million.

The Department of Water Affairs, the custodian of raw water resources, estimated that 4 000 litres of creosote ended up in the stream, a tributary of the Townbush stream in Chase Valley.

Manisha Maharaj, Water Affairs acting assistant director, said yesterday that the clean-up is progressing well, with teams from industrial spillage clean-up experts Spill Tech working around the clock since Friday.

“More equipment has been brought on site to assist with the clean-up. Also, the liquid contaminated product is being treated and removed continuously from site. A site inspection conducted today by myself confirms this,” said Maharaj.

Usually both the transport company and the company whose product it transports are liable for the clean-up and rehabilitation.

However, The Witness understands that Mercman, the transwport company, will foot the whole bill because of its contract with the supplier.

Mercman owner Ras de Beer said the tanker is a write-off.

“At this stage I have no idea how much it will cost us. We are waiting for the bill.”

The company is insured for such accidents, but will face an excess payment of 20%.

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