The New Zealand Environment Protection Agency (NZEP) is investigating the release of nitrous oxide into the atmosphere following an industrial waste treatment facility in the New Zealand capital.
The agency’s Environmental Monitoring Branch (EMB) has launched an investigation into a small, industrial waste site on the outskirts of the capital city of Wellington, after a group of workers noticed the chemicals and released nitrous into the air on Thursday.
The emissions are a clear indication that the site has released nitrates and nitrates are a highly toxic pollutant.
The chemicals can cause skin, respiratory and reproductive problems.
They can also cause skin irritation and a potentially fatal lung disease called acute respiratory syndrome.
The workers are understood to have complained to the local environmental management company, which issued an emergency notice on Friday to residents and businesses.
The EPA is currently investigating the emissions.
The agency said it was working with the local authorities to investigate.
New Zealand’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has opened an investigation after a number of workers complained about the nitrous-oxide emissions in Wellington.
The Environmental Monitoring branch is investigating.
EPA says it is working with local authorities and the industry to investigateThe New Zealand EPA said in a statement it was aware of the reports and was currently investigating.
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