Tony Chappel : Asbestos Found in Sydney: Criminal Investigation Launched

A criminal investigation is underway after mulch containing asbestos was discovered at multiple locations across New South Wales (NSW). Authorities fear that more than 100 sites may be affected by this hazardous material, which poses a serious risk to human health.

In addition to Sydney’s Victoria Park, where the cancellation of Mardi Gras’ annual Fair Day occurred due to the presence of asbestos, the toxic substance has been found in over 70 different garden beds and parks. Shockingly, these contaminated areas include schools, hospitals, and supermarkets.

Efforts are being made to determine the extent of the spread of asbestos-laden mulch, and authorities are considering the possibility of criminal conduct. Tony Chappel, the CEO of the NSW Environmental Protection Agency, stated that multiple lines of inquiry are being pursued, including allegations of foul play.

So far, at least 25 sites have been confirmed to contain the dangerous substance. These include a school, a supermarket, and a hospital. Moreover, seven additional schools are scheduled to undergo testing to ensure the safety of their premises.

The contaminated mulch discovered at these sites consists of bonded asbestos, which is a form of asbestos mixed with another material such as concrete. Although considered low risk to human health, it still poses a danger. However, one location, Harmony Park in Surry Hills, was found to contain friable asbestos, which can easily break down into dust particles and be inhaled, increasing the health hazards associated with exposure.

The City of Sydney council has taken action by conducting tests at various parks and garden beds. This process is expected to take several weeks, and if further asbestos is found, the affected area will be fenced off and appropriate signage will be installed to ensure public safety during the clean-up.

The issue of contaminated mulch extends beyond public spaces, as it has also been found at private homes. Homeowners who have been affected have been identified, and further testing is being carried out to address their concerns.

While no suspects have been identified and no charges have been filed yet, GreenLife Resource Recovery Facility, one of the suppliers, has been identified as a potential source of the contaminated mulch. As a result, the facility has been banned from making any further sales. However, GreenLife maintains that its mulch is asbestos-free and plans to challenge the sale ban in court. It is believed that the company had sold its mulch to approximately 30 other suppliers.

As the investigation continues, authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity related to the illegal disposal of hazardous materials.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!