Rena: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Or, an alternative headline might be, A Definition of Impossible.

Impossible being trying to clean up zillions of these (pix taken 23 April at the Mount):

Plastic beads from the Rena wreck.

Plastic beads from the Rena wreck.

From this:

Crews at work picking up beads on the Mount beach.

Crews at work picking up beads on the Mount beach.

According to info from the Rena Recovery Project’s site  the storm over the weekend caused the release of “a quantity of plastic beads” from a container in the stern of the wreck. Hmmm, “a quantity”. That’s specific.

The project also says that the beads pose no threat to humans or wildlife. I suppose I find the latter a little hard to believe. Back in 2012, there was a whole lot of reporting about the threat the beads might pose to wildlife when a container holding 17 tonnes of them washed ashore on Matakana Island, which stretches between Mt Maunganui and Waihi Beach. But this time around, there hasn’t been any useful digging that I can see (excuse the inappropriate verb) into just what the impact of these beads is. And the authorities almost always reflexively say that X, Y and Z will have little or no impact on A, B and C. Will see what I can find out…

UPDATE 23 April 2013: The BOP Times, via the Herald, has a piece about why this latest pollution means the wreck should be removed.

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