Non ferrous aluminium supplier has been caught buying from Australian manufacturer
Non ferric aluminium has been found in shipments from Australian aluminium wholesaler NonferrousAluminum to the Australian Government.
The supplier, Nonferric Aluminium, was caught by the Australian Federal Police buying the aluminium from non-FerrousAluminium.
Nonferrous aluminium is made from the raw material of the aluminium alloy known as aluminium olivine (AO).
The aluminium is used in the construction of many modern consumer products, such as laptops, TVs, computer monitors, cars and aircraft.
Nonferrience aluminium was discovered in a shipment of aluminium to the US from a non-ferric aluminium supplier to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The DTI is an agency that oversees imports of non-sterile metals.
The DTIs chief executive officer, Stephen O’Donnell, told The Drum: “The DTI has been aware of the non-sulfur aluminium importation of nonferrous Aluminium products to the DTI and we have asked the Australian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.”
The DTIS has been contacted for comment.
The Australian Federal Government confirmed it was aware of “serious issues with nonferrirous aluminium imported to the Federal Government”.
DTI chief executive Stephen O. O’Brien said: “It’s an extremely serious matter that we are taking very seriously and will continue to do so.”
Nonferriged aluminium is not classified as a hazardous waste by the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
“The Department has undertaken to inspect the material as soon as it has been identified, and will conduct a comprehensive investigation of this matter,” the DTIs statement said.
The DTIs investigation into Nonferry Aluminium will focus on whether the aluminium was being supplied to DTI under a false name and whether the supplier’s activities are consistent with DTI’s obligations under the law.
Non-ferriging aluminium is a product that is used as an aluminium alloy in a wide range of products, from laptops to cars and industrial machinery.
It can also be used as a fuel in aircraft engines and motor vehicles.
Determining whether the imported non-fluorine aluminium is hazardous is a “matter for the Australian regulator”, according to the NT’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
EPA spokesperson Emily Smith said: ”It is important to note that a hazardous material is a classification which can only be applied by the federal government and the NT Government, and it does not apply to a single person or company.”
The NT Environment Protection Agency has previously been contacted by the DTIS for comment about the importation, but the EPA did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.
The aluminium was bought from an Australian supplier of non ferric metals to the government.
Earlier this year, the Federal Court ruled that the DTis duty to inspect imported aluminium goods was illegal and declared the import of non fluorine metals to be an importation offence.
The Federal Government had sought a stay on the decision and the Federal Circuit Court had also granted it, but a Federal Court judge refused to make an order.
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