Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson.
Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson.

Baryulgil breathes a little easier

SAMPLE tests of asbestos-contaminated road bases around Baryulgil have shown airborne asbestos levels may not be as high as first feared.

A spokesman for the Clarence Valley Council said recent testing of the air near the asbestos-containing gravel had proven favourable to the users of the Baryulgil roads.

“The air samples have revealed the problems are not significant,” the spokesman said.

“Of the five sampling points, established to record the presence of asbestos fibres, only one site, in Bulldog Road, produced a significant result and the fibre count there was below 0.1 fibres per millilitre, regarded as the health criteria for asbestos.”

However, the council undertook bitumen sealing works on sites where the ‘suspect’ material may have been used, just to make sure no-one had been exposed to health risk from asbestos unnecessarily.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the council continued to take the problem of asbestos seriously.

“While we are relieved to receive these sampling results, we continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the residents, council staff and visitors are not unnecessarily exposed to health risks,” the mayor said.



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