Asbestos disaster Sydney: The Kids’s Hospital at Westmead backyard mulch contamination, NSW EPA

A kids’s hospital has been added to the record of greater than 50 places the place asbestos contaminated backyard mulch was discovered.

Nearly 800 places throughout NSW, together with faculties and parks, have been examined for the lethal substance because it was first present in mulch at newly-opened Rozelle Parklands in January.

The entire variety of websites which have examined optimistic has climbed to 54 as of Thursday, in line with the most recent information from the NSW Environmental Safety Company (EPA).

A building web site at The Kids’s Hospital at Westmead, Bicentennial Park in Glebe and Oran Park Fireplace Station have all returned optimistic outcomes for low-risk asbestos.

A backyard mattress alongside the Rozelle Interchange on the Iron Cove Bridge has additionally examined optimistic to higher-risk friable asbestos.

Transport for NSW fenced off the location on Wednesday night time and removing of the mulch has begun, although might take a number of nights to finish.

NSW Premier Chris Minns stated the disaster is a “huge downside” and reemphasized the intense nature of the incident.

“The EPA is investigating it, it’s a severe offence and fines are as much as $2 million,” he instructed reporters on Thursday.

Nevertheless he assured the group that the contamination whereas regarding isn’t a serious well being concern as a result of bonded nature of the fibres, which make them much less prone to turn into airborne.

“That is bonded asbestos, it’s not protected and we don’t need it in our group however the threat isn’t as severe as in case you had asbestos fibre in your yard.”

Three websites have additionally returned destructive outcomes following precautionary testing together with St Justin’s Catholic Main College,

St Benedict’s Catholic School and Sutherland Hospital.

These outcomes are along with the 798 destructive outcomes examined by the EPA since January 10.

Precautionary testing will proceed at a variety of websites throughout NSW, together with the South Coast, Central Coast, Central West, and Hilltops area.

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