Kurnell residents report health issues after fuel spill
“Surely prices will go down, and we’re just thinking of selling now?” she says.
Pennini is also concerned that a number of residents have reported on social media that their dogs were also suffering from major skin issues after the spill.
Kurnell resident Breana Bradley-Azizi said her England staff walked through floodwaters after the spill on Thursday before going into a major rash on Friday night.
“It’s getting better, but the process is washing her twice a week with medicated shampoo and putting on lots of creams and sprays to help her get better and stay clean,” she said.
“If it doesn’t go away completely within the next week, we’ll have to take her to the vet and look for better solutions for her.”
The health concerns were raised during a “heated” community meeting with Ampol representatives on Wednesday evening.
Kurnell Residents’ Association secretary Jessica Thorne said the meeting was ’emotional’ and said residents had not gotten an answer as to who would be the point of contact for their health concerns .
“Families are displaced,” she said. “There was definitely an element of shock there [from Ampol], but no one got any answers. For many people, this [Easter] is not a good time. They don’t know what the health implications may or may not be.
Ampol’s executive managing director, Infrastructure, Andrew Brewer, attended Wednesday’s meeting and said the company would return next week to provide more answers.
“We heard and understood the concerns of the community,” he said of the meeting.
“We are fully committed to undertaking the necessary short and long term cleanup to ensure that community and environmental issues are addressed.”
Michelle Myers, 35, a mother of two, was forced to move her family to her mother’s unit in Woolooware due to the health issues she was facing.
Myers said she couldn’t go to her local stores without having a headache and feeling sick.
“It’s really hard because it’s a small unit…it’s so hard not to be at home with a young family,” she said.
Tony Talotta, owner of local pizzeria Talotta’s Pizzeria, suffered burning eyes and headaches all week while working in his shop.
Living in Sylvania, Talotta said his symptoms would go away once he got home. He went to the doctor after the symptoms persisted.
“He said the only way to get eyes like that is from a chemical spill,” he said.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority, which carried out pollution tests in the area this week, said it expects fuel odors to decrease as cleanup continues.
They also said that Ampol would be subject to regulatory action if breaches of environmental protection laws were found.
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