MILLIONS of litres of toxic waste collected from across Australia has been secretly pumped into creeks or dumped on the ground over decades by a Maitland waste-oil refinery company.
A Newcastle Herald investigation can reveal that Truegain Pty Ltd, also known as Australian Waste Oil Refineries (AWOR), pumped vast quantities of a chemical cocktail polluting creeks that run to the Hunter River.
The contamination dates back to the 1990s.
Truegain was also dumping the notorious contaminant per- and poly-fluoroalkyl [PFAS] into Maitland's sewer and the toxic firefighting chemicals - at the heart of the Williamtown's 'red zone' environmental scandal - have been detected in extremely high levels in a creek behind the refinery.
The complete Newcastle Herald investigation
- Part I: Insiders reveal decades of dumping toxic waste by Rutherford waste-oil refinery Truegain
- Part II: How one small spill at Truegain's Rutherford plant almost cost worker's sight and left him with life-long skin problems
- Part III: Truegain's Rutherford waste-oil refinery workers to miss out on unpaid wages and entitlements
- Part IV: Rutherford waste-oil refinery Truegain used heavily contaminated Sydney yard to hide toxic waste
- Part V: Residents fear Truegain's Rutherford waste-oil refinery site could be 'leaching'
- Former NSW Labor premier Morris Iemma and Queensland minister Carig Wallace in new green company with Truegain director Bob Pullinger
- Former National Textiles site at Rutherford identified as potentially leaching PFAS into nearby waterways