CREWS from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are expected to remain at the site of a hazardous chemical leak in Portland at least until the weekend.
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Liquid pitch, which began leaking from a large storage tank on Saturday afternoon, continues to run at the rate of two tonnes an hour. More than 280 tonnes of the pitch, used in the smelting of aluminium, had leaked by lunchtime yesterday.

State Emergency Ser­vice volunteers have been sandbagging the area to contain the material.

The remaining contents of the tank will be transferred to a ship, which is expected to arrive late tomorrow or early Thursday from Newcastle.

A CFA spokesman said there were no toxic vapours in the air, but this would continued to be monitored with six separate stations set up around the city. Additional air monitoring equipment was being brought in yesterday.

Police have asked visitors and sightseers to keep away from the Battery Point area.

Anyone needing to access the port area must obtain a permit from the Portland fire station.

There is no access for recreational aquatic activities or vessels in the port area and recreational fishers have been advised to use alternative locations to launch boats, such as Wally’s ramp at Dutton Way.

The response to the incident has involved a range of agencies and companies including the CFA, police, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Glenelg Shire, Rural Ambulance Victoria, the Port of Portland, Koppers Australia, which operates the storage facility, and technical specialists from Portland Aluminium.

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