Friday, 27th March, 2015
A tip-off has led the Environmental Protection Authority to exposed asbestos in an old rubbish dump near the airport.
The EPA immediately notified City Council which issued a warning to residents about it on Wednesday night.
Anyone who has walked around the former South dump in the Willyama Common might have been exposed to the deadly substance. The area operated as a dump from the 1890s until the 1950s.
Council staff found the asbestos scattered throughout the site. It is the non-friable form, which reduces the risk of wind borne fibres, but the open access increases the risk of exposure.
The asbestos appeared to have been there for a long of time and was dumped after the site was closed as an official landfill.
Council will work with the EPA to look at remediation options.
“We are in the process of putting signage in the area and we are also making arrangements to have the area fenced,” said Council’s deputy manager Sharon Hutch.
“We ask people to keep out of the area so the site can be prepared for remediation.”
Signs will go up today and then fences erected, with permanent signage, to prevent easy access to the site. The BDT contacted the local health service for comment.