Investigations are underway in North Rocks after the illegal dumping of a large amount of asbestos on an industrial road.
Late at night on August 11, an unknown person(s) released the material from a vehicle and left more than 300 metres of road covered by the deadly fibres. The next morning, authorities were contacted to Loyalty Road, in the middle of a heavy industrial area.
Clean up teams were forced to wear special suits and cleaned up the area to the best of their ability. However, some of the asbestos particles would have escaped into the air and may have caused a public safety risk. In light of this, the area was closed while workers managed the scene.
With the area closed to traffic, this asbestos dumping had a significant impact on trucks and workers trying to get to businesses in the surrounding area.
The Hills Shire Council General Manager Dave Walker said crews dealt with the asbestos as if it was toxic waste.
“I want to thank residents, businesses and motorists for their patience. We understand this could be frustrating but unfortunately the precautions are necessary,” he told media on August 12.
“Council’s Place Management teams will conduct a full and thorough investigation.”
It is important to note that asbestos dumping is a serious offence is NSW, with a $1 million maximum penalty and seven years imprisonment for individuals. If a business had authorised this conduct, then the organisation could be facing a $5 million fine.
Asbestos continues to be a problem in NSW with many developments and constructions teams finding the deadly fibres. It can pose a serious safety hazard to both employees and the general public so it is imperative that it’s disposed in a safe and legal manner.
Although the health problems from asbestos may not surface for many years, it remains a massive killer in our communities.
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