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November 20, 2017

Asbestos dumped at Dungowan

THE dumping of asbestos in the Dungowan Valley recently has prompted fresh warnings that offenders face hefty fines or even jail time.

Anyone caught illegally discarding the deadly material in public places can be fined up to $1 million and jailed for up to seven years.

The latest incident comes after a high-profile case in May when 15 bags of asbestos were found hidden in long grass off Locks Ln in Tamworth.

Tamworth Regional Council’s health and environment manager Ross Briggs said there had been “numerous” discoveries of asbestos in the area.

He said each incident cost council – and by extension the community – about $2500 to carry out an investigation and safely remove the hazardous material.

“It’s just so irresponsible,” he said. “There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, so anyone who comes into contact with it faces a potential health risk, not to mention the related possible environmental problems.”

Mr Briggs said the council was using this month’s Asbestos Awareness Month to dispel some common misconceptions surrounding the banned building material.

He said one of the most prevalent myths in the community was that legally disposing asbestos was prohibitively expensive.

“However, this is not the case,” he said. “The cost for asbestos disposal at Tamworth Waste Management Centre of Forest Rd is as little as $13 for a pre-paid disposal bag.”

For more information about the safe disposal of asbestos, visit the Tamworth Regional Council website.

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Asbestos dumped at Dungowan

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