Council depot site clear of asbestos

FURTHER testing of a proposed Clarence Valley Council works depot site in South Grafton has reinforced earlier findings saying it poses no risk from asbestos.

Council acting general manager Ashley Lindsay said assessments undertaken by independent consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff showed there was no friable asbestos on any land that might be used for the new depot.

"This site (the corner of Rushforth Road and Tyson Street) poses no asbestos-related health risks to anyone," he said.

"Normally we wouldn't release the study results because it's just part of the normal pre-development assessments we need to undertake, but felt there was a need in this instance because there has been some misplaced public concern about risks.

"This latest report backs up findings of a report prepared in 2013 that also found no evidence of friable asbestos on the site.

"The latest report shows there is one pipe containing asbestos on site, but it poses no risk in its current state.

"We will have the remediation action plan amended on the basis of the findings in this report and will implement those in full."

Mr Lindsay said although the two assessments found no friable asbestos on site, care would still be taken when the site was rehabilitated.

"The reports were based on sampling, so although no friable asbestos was found, we cannot absolutely guarantee nothing will turn up when we start cleaning up the site," he said.

"If it does we will deal with it appropriately and safely. We do need to remember it was the site of a sewage treatment plan, so you wouldn't expect it to be completely clean but people can be assured we'll do everything properly - as we have done all along."

A copy of the report is at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/ cp_themes/metro/page.asp?p=DOC-SYU-25-10-81 under South Grafton Sewage Treatment Plant Rehabilitation.



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