Workers were evacuated from a site at the end of the Housatom aquifer in western Australia and have not been seen since, a government agency has said.
Key points:The Housatsatonic area was the site of a chemical factory explosion in September 2000 that killed 37 workersChemical companies blamed on the factory fire are still seeking compensation from the stateIndustry group says more than 2,000 workers were evacuated to the site in September2000, before an explosion killed 37 people and injured another 200The NSW Government says it has contacted the chemicals industry association and its members to help determine if the evacuation was related to the chemical factory incident in September, 2000.
Industry officials said on Wednesday they had received “no reports” of the workers being found and have urged the Government to get in touch.
“We would like to reassure the public that our employees have been evacuated from the site and that they have not gone missing,” the state’s environment minister, Rob Stokes, said in a statement.
“There is no threat to public safety.”
Industry representatives say the chemical industry is still seeking full compensation from NSW.
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