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Asbestos found at QEII


Asbestos find at QEII closes track


Asbestos found at quake-battered complex

CAROLINE KING

Last updated 17:50 16/05/2013

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Stacy Squires

GONE: The demolished Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, pictured late last year.

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Asbestos has been unearthed at Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, but the risk of anyone having been exposed to the material is minimal.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokeswoman said a small amount of asbestos piping was found buried at the site this week during the demolition of the earthquake-damaged complex.

Asbestos was noted in the original plans for the site and was addressed in the demolition, but the discovery was unexpected, she said.

The piping is in the form of small broken-pipe pieces and may have been offcuts of pipes buried when the complex was built in the 1970s.

Some areas near where the piping was unearthed will be closed to allow environmental testing as a precaution.

The closure includes a public walking track, despite it not being close to where the piping was found.

“This is to ensure none of the potentially affected debris has been inadvertently moved, and if so, it can be contained,” the spokeswoman said.

Workers were not believed to have been exposed to the asbestos.

“There are strict rules around what workers do if they see what they even vaguely suspect to be material with asbestos in it, so the risk of any exposure to anyone at any stage is considered extremely minimal,” she said.

Results from the environmental testing will be known by the end of next week.

The demolition of the complex is complete.


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